Beer truck in Stockholm attack was hijacked; PM calls incident a “terror attack”

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Photos at the scene in downtown Stockholm show that the truck which crashed into a major department store, killing several people, is a large beer truck.

The Aftonbladet daily says Swedish beermaker Spendrups said its truck had been carjacked earlier Friday. Photos showed the beer truck sticking out of the Ahlens department store.

Swedish broadcaster SVT said shots were fired at the scene, though it wasn’t clear who fired them.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says the truck crash “is an act of terror” that has killed at least two people. He says one person has been arrested in the attack.

Swedish media report that up to five people have been killed, and Sweden’s intelligence agency says many people have been injured in the crash.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman says the German government’s “thoughts are with the people in Stockholm, the injured, the relatives, first responders, and police.”

Steffen Seibert said Friday on Twitter following the apparent attack in Sweden: “We stand together against terror.”

Germany experienced a truck attack on a busy Berlin Christmas market in December, in which 12 people were killed.

The attacker, a 24-year-old Tunisian, was shot dead in Italy days later.

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