Stockholm truck drives into shopping crowd, killing three people

Police treat incident in Swedish capital as terror-related and warn public to avoid city centre

Emergency servies work at the scene where a truck crashed. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

At least three people have been killed and eight injured after a truck drove into pedestrians in a busy shopping area of central Stockholm, according to police.

Officers said they were treating the incident as terror-related and the prime minister, Stefan Löfven, said everything indicated it was a terror attack.

The capital was immediately locked down as police set up barricades, suspended public transport and warned people to avoid the city centre. Police later evacuated the central train station close to where the attack took place.

Truck drives into crowds on busy shopping street

Photos on social media showed the truck crashed into the corner of the Ahlens upmarket shopping centre with its cab on fire.

Witnesses reported people screaming and fleeing from the scene. There were also reports of gunfire, but these have not been confirmed. Hundreds of people were seen in video footage fleeing Sweden’s largest pedestrianised street.

“We were in a store. It crashed into a window a few metres away,” one person told the Swedish broadcaster SVT. “I heard glass breaking and screams. There are a lot of police and people everywhere.”

A witness named as Anna told local Aftonbladet news: “I saw hundreds of people run – they ran for their lives. I turned and ran as well.”

Two videos emerged on social media that appeared to show two different people being detained in the area, but police said no one had been arrested in connection with the attack.

A witness named only as Nasrin, who came to Sweden from Syria a decade ago, cried as she told what she had seen.

“I was terrified, I am still shaking. I saw a woman who had lost her legs. It could have been me,” she told SVT. “The truck went at high speed, it crushed everything in its path. In the beginning we thought it was an explosion because of the loud sounds.

“When we went outside we saw that everything had been shattered … I try to keep hope but I do not know how I feel any more. It seems that there is no hope left for mankind.”

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