At Least 2 Dead, Dozens Injured after Vehicle Attack in Sweden
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2017 Apr 07
At least two people have died and dozens have been injured after a vehicle drove into pedestrians in Sweden’s capital of Stockholm on Friday.
Although authorities have not officially determined whether the attack was an act of terrorism, there is strong suspicion that it is. The truck used in the attack was a hijacked vehicle.
CNN.com reports that the attack occurred in Stockholm’s busy city center. Police were evacuating the area and urging people to stay home. Subways were also shut down.
"Many things point to this being a terror attack," said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.
Authorities are currently working on determining the identity of the attacker and whether more than one person was involved in the attack.
Using vehicles to carry out attacks has become increasingly common. Such attacks are difficult to prepare for and prevent and have caused widespread devastation in Nice, France and Berlin, Germany last year, and most recently in London, UK.
"Steal a lorry or a car and then drive it into a crowd. That seems to be the latest terrorist method. Berlin. London. Now Stockholm,” Sweden’s former prime minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter following the attack.
The U.S. Embassy in Sweden warned U.S. citizens to stay away from the area of the attack.
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Publication date: April 7, 2017