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Truck Crashes Into Swedish Shopping Center

By VOA News April 07, 2017

At least three people were killed Friday in Stockholm, Sweden, when a truck drove through a crowd and crashed into a department store.

Stockholm police confirmed "multiple" deaths and injuries without reporting a specific number, and have said that they have not yet arrested anyone in relation to the incident, though they are currently questioning two people.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said the incident was certainly a "terrorist attack".

"The government is doing everything in its power to find out what has happened," he said.

Photos taken at the scene show the vehicle was a truck belonging to beermaker Spendrups, which said that its truck had been carjacked earlier in the day.

Stockholm's central train station has been evacuated and all trains in and out of the city were cancelled.

Sweden's King Carl Gustaf expressed his condolences for the victims and their families in a brief statement.

"We follow developments but as of now our thoughts go to the victims and their families,'' he said.

A number of European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and London's mayor, Saddiq Khan, have released statements indicating their solidarity with Sweden.

"One of Europe's most vibrant and colorful cities appears to have been struck by those wishing it - and our very way of life - harm," said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

"Attack on any of our (EU) member states is an attack on us all."

Swedish media reports that up to five people have been killed, and that shots also were fired in the area.

The incident took place at Ahlens Department Store on Drottninggatan, the city's biggest pedestrian street, above from Stockholm's central subway station.

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