The Swedish Prime Minister has said a lorry attack that killed at least three people in Stockholm is terror-related. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident outside the well-known Ahlens department store, on a busy shopping street. Stefan Lofven says everything indicates that the crash was deliberate “a terror attack”, adding that one person was arrested.
A large area of central Stockholm has been cordoned off and evacuated by #police , with Sweden’s parliament evacuated as a precaution.
The lorry belonged to Swedish brewery Spendrups, which said the vehicle had been hijacked earlier on Friday.
The incident came just weeks after a suspected Isis supporter killed five people in London before being shot dead by police.
Khalid Masood rammed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, then stabbed a police officer to death at the entrance to the Houses of Parliament.
Isis propaganda has continued attempting to incite terror attacks in Europe, the US, Australia and other countries supporting military operations against its fighters.
An issue of its Rumiyah magazine issued in November advised jihadis to launch vehicle attacks in an article citing the Nice lorry attack that killed 86 people as a “superb demonstration”.
“Having a secondary weapon, such as a gun or a knife, is also a great way to combine a vehicle attack with other forms,” it read.
Little over a month later, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker hijacked a lorry and ploughed it into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 11 people.
Isis has claimed a previous terror attack in Sweden, which has been preparing for the expected return of some of around 300 jihadis who left the country to fight abroad.
It claimed responsibility for a firebombing in Malmö in October that targeted a building used as an assembly hall by Shia Muslims, who Isis have declared apostates and targeted with terror attacks around the world.
A 30-year-old Syrian man was charged with terror offences over the arson attack last month, after prosecutors found he had affiliated himself with Isis. No one was injured.
The most recent attack in Stockholm was in, 2010, when an Iraqi-born Swede killed himself while detonating two bombs, which failed to cause any other fatalities.