Sweden: Lorry kills three in Stockholm ‘terror attack’

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A lorry has crashed into a storefront in central Stockholm, killing at least three people and injuring a dozen more.

The lorry smashed into the Ahlens department store on Drottninggatan (Queen Street) shortly before 15:00 local time (13:00 GMT) in an incident Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has described as an act of terrorism.

Stockholm police also described reports of gunfire in other parts of the city, but this information has not been confirmed.

Lofven told reporters at a press conference:

“Sweden has been attacked. Everything indicates an act of terror.”

Stockholm police have urged the public to stay at home and avoid the city centre.

The lorry is owned by Swedish brewery company Spendrups, which said it was hijacked earlier today while the driver unloaded a delivery.

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf released a statement about the incident:

“I and the entire royal family have sadly been informed about this afternoon’s attack in Stockholm. The background to and extent of the incident is not yet know. We are following developments but our thoughts already go to those affected and their families.”

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