3 killed in suspected terror attack in Sweden

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He said one person was arrested but gave no further details. Sources told the paper that the man had confessed to driving the truck and had minor injuries from the truck crash.

Helicopters could be heard hovering in the sky over central Stockholm and a large number of police cars and ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

Mikael Anttila, a 49-year-old portfolio manager at bank SEB, told the Press Association he saw several hundred people gathered on the street close to the shop, before they all started running "suddenly. like ants".

The attack left four people dead and 15 injured, nine seriously, Swedish emergency services said. All subway traffic was halted on police orders.

"Sweden has been attacked", he told reporters.

The Prime Minister was returning to the capital from the west of the country, his spokesman Erik Nises told CNN. But police later said no arrests had been made. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

Smoke rose from the front of the store, located in the upscale Ahlens City retail hub in the heart of Stockholm. "But it touches us deeply when such an attack takes place in our Nordic neighborhood". Al-Qaida in 2010 urged its followers to use trucks as a weapon.

The deadliest came past year in France on the Bastille Day national holiday of July 14, when a man rammed a truck into a crowd in the Mediterranean resort of Nice, killing 86 people.

"Following the tragic events in Stockholm earlier today I want to offer my solidarity and that of the Irish Government to Stefan Löfven and the Swedish people".

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Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said it was a "day of sorrow".

The scene after a truck crashed into a department store in central Stockholm on April 7, 2017.

According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, a man in custody was stopped for unspecified suspicious demeanor. "It was awful to see", said the man, who saw the incident from inside his vehicle.

At least three people died after a truck rammed into pedestrians and drove into a store in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, police said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meanwhile sent his condolences to King Carl XVI Gustaf in a telegram.

European leaders reacted nearly immediately with German Chancellor Angela Merkel declaring her support for the Swedish people. "We don't have numbers yet", he said.

In February, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that Sweden could be the next European country to suffer the kind of extremist attacks that have devastated France, Belgium and Germany.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission said,"Sweden truck attack is an attack on us all".

The prime minister said one person was arrested after the truck slammed into the Ahlens store around 3 p.m.in Drottninggatan (Queen Street), one of the city's main pedestrian malls.

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