'Deaths' in Sweden truck attack

"There are deaths, and many injured," Nina Odermalm Schei, a spokeswoman for Swedish intelligence agency Sapo said.

'Deaths' in Sweden truck attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

A truck slammed into a crowd of people outside a busy department store in central Stockholm on Friday, causing "deaths" in what the prime minister described as an "terror attack."

"Sweden has been attacked. Everything points to a terror attack," said Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

Pictures showed a large blue truck with a mangled undercarriage smashed into the Ahlens department store.

The incident occurred just before 1300 GMT at the corner of the store and Drottninggatan, the city's biggest pedestrian street, above ground from Stockholm's central subway station.

Thick smoke was rising from the scene, while video images showed an area blocked off by police and crowds gathering around the police cordon.

Police vans circulating in the city using loudspeakers urged people to go straight home and avoid large crowds.

Helicopters could be heard hovering in the sky over central Stockholm, and a large number of police cars and ambulances were dispatched to the scene, witnesses said.

A spokeswoman for transport company Spendrups told AFP that the truck "had been stolen during a delivery to a restaurant."

Traffic on the Stockholm metro was badly affected, with the attack taking place at the city's T-Centralen station, through which all the city's lines pass.

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