While headlines Friday focused on the U.S. missile strike in Syria, terrorists in Sweden was preparing an attack. The attack, carried out with a stolen truck, has left at least five people dead. After that, armed men reportedly ran through the city shooting and stabbing pedestrians at random.
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Reports say that three men leapt from the truck after it smashed into a crowd of pedestrians in front of a department store in Stockholm. The truck, embedded in the store, caught fire. The men ran into a railway station where they began attacking more civilians.
Two of the men who jumped from the truck are in custody. Eye-witness reports say one of the gunmen was tackled by a police officer. One remains at large. Officials have shut down the city’s central rail system and the facility has been evacuated. The remaining terrorist is believed to still be inside.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has called the attack an “an act of terror.” Law enforcement has asked that the city’s inhabitants shelter in place and stay off the streets as they fear there may be more copycat episodes.
The Daily Mail spoke with a witness, Harriet Rose-Gale, 26, from Marlborough, Wiltshire. “I walked up the road and we could just see a lorry, a truck, and what we could only assume was a lifeless body in front of it.”
“It had a peach or orange towel covering it and there was another body with a white sheet in the middle of the road. There were armed police running past us and shouting in Swedish. I don’t know what they were saying.”
Ulf Andersson, from Stockholm, noted that the situation is still tense. “The police are really, really scared. They are telling people to move from the central parts of the city and not to walk in groups.”
Jan Granroth watched the event unfold from inside a nearby shop. “We stood inside a shoe store and people started screaming,” he said. “So I looked out of the store and I saw a huge truck slam into the wall opposite.”
The new reliance on a relatively low-tech attack method proves that the terrorists will use whatever they have at hand to spread fear. When no firearms are available, a truck bomb becomes a viable alternative. When no explosive materials are available, they seem willing to use the truck itself as the weapon.