Update: One person arrested from a north Stockholm suburb has been identified, say Swedish police. He resembles the picture and the description of a man that police went public with after the attack.
Aftonbladet newspaper, quoting sources, says a man has been arrested in northern Stockholm and that he has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Update: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said the truck crash “is an act of terror”.
Indians in Sweden have been asked to call up helplines in case of emergency.
Any Indians affected in the terrorist attack in Stockholm are requested to contact the Embassy most urgently (08-4117090, 08-107008)
— India in Sweden (@IndiainSweden) April 7, 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted condemning the incident.
We condemn the attack in Stockholm. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with those injured. @SwedishPM
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 7, 2017
Update: Swedish radio said on Friday that three people have been killed in the crash and Swedish broadcaster SVT says shots have been fired. People in the area are fleeing the scene. Attack happened 100 meters from Indian Embassy, all local and Indian staff are reported to be safe: ANI. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says one person arrested in truck department store crash.
Stockholm: A van drove into a crowd of people outside a busy department store in central Stockholm on Friday, injuring people, police said.
“Police received a call from SOS Alarm that a person in a vehicle has injured other people on Drottninggatan,” police wrote on Twitter.
The incident occurred just before 1300 GMT at corner of the Ahlens department store and the city’s biggest pedestrian street, above-ground from Stockholm’s central subway station.
Thick smoke was rising from the scene, but police have yet to confirm the information.
Video images showed an area blocked off by police and crowds gathering around the police cordon. 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, witnesses said.
It was not immediately clear whether it was an accident or an attack.