Thursday 27 July 2017

Explosives found in truck used in Stockholm attack as police question man over 'terrorist murder'

A police officer stands next to candles and flowers placed near the department store Ahlens following a suspected terror attack in central Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, April 8, 2017. A Swedish prosecutor says a person has been formally identified as a suspect
A police officer stands next to candles and flowers placed near the department store Ahlens following a suspected terror attack in central Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, April 8, 2017. A Swedish prosecutor says a person has been formally identified as a suspect "of terrorist offenses by murder" by driving a hijacked truck into a crowd of pedestrians. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Central Station was evacuated Photo: TT News Agency/Anders Wiklund/via REUTERS
A picture of the truck which the owner reports was stolen before the incident
Police release image of person of interest in Stockholm truck crash
A truck have crashed into a department store Ahlens at Drottninggatan in the central of Stockholm, Sweden April 7, 2017. TT News Agency/Andreas Schyman/via REUTERS
Three people killed in incident when a truck was driven Friday April 7 2017 into a department store in central Stockholm Photo: TT News Agency/Andreas Schyman/via REUTERS
The truck is believed to have been hijacked from a brewery company Photo credit: Getty images/Jonathan Nackstrand
People killed in incident when a truck was driven Friday April 7 2017 into a department store in central Stockholm, Sweden April 7, 2017. TT News Agency/Noella Johansson/via
Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Lasse Gare of emergency services close to the scene of an incident in Drottninggatan, a street in the centre of Stockholm, Sweden. PRESS ASSOCIATION
People killed in incident when a truck was driven Friday April 7 2017 into a department store in central Stockholm, Sweden April 7, 2017. TT News Agency/Jessica Gow/via REUTERS
People killed in incident when a truck was driven Friday April 7 2017 into a department store in central Stockholm, Sweden April 7, 2017. TT News Agency/Noella Johansson/via REUTERS
Police corden off street where truck rammed into shoppers Photo: REUTERS
Three people killed in incident when a truck was driven Friday April 7 2017 into a department store in central Stockholm, Sweden April 7, 2017. TT News Agency/Andreas Schyman/via
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Police have found explosives in the truck used in the attack in Stockholm, Swedish television said on Saturday citing multiple unnamed police sources.

Swedish public broadcaster SVT said that police had found a bag containing explosives.

The head of the Swedish Security Police told Swedish TV4 that he could not confirm whether explosives had been found.

Police are continuing to question a man on suspicion of "terrorist crimes through murder" after four were killed when a lorry mowed down pedestrians in the heart of Stockholm.

Children were among the 15 injured, emergency services said, when the suspected hijacker brought carnage to a busy shopping district in the Swedish capital.

Sweden's prime minister Stefan Lofven said "everything indicates that this is a terrorist attack" and later vowed he would not give in to attempts to destroy democracy.

Deputy chief prosecutor Hans Ihrman approved the questioning over terror offences in the early hours of Saturday.

The prime minister said: "If it is a terrorist attack, and regardless of whether it was carried out by an organisation or a lone perpetrator, the aim of terrorism is to undermine democracy, to sow discord between people so that more people will begin to hate and distrust one another.

"But those kinds of acts will never succeed in Sweden. We know that our enemy is this kind of vile murderer - not one another. We will use all of Sweden's strength to track you down.

"Our message will always be clear: you cannot suppress us, you cannot control our lives, you will never win."

Nine of those injured were left in a serious condition and reports suggested a pram was caught in the path of destruction at around 3pm on Friday.

A nationwide manhunt was launched and police arrested the man in the Stockholm area.

Detectives said he appeared to match the description of a previously-publicised image of a man they wished to speak to.

Sweden's national police force said the driver had not been detained, instead saying that the man in custody was "connected to" the incident.

Prosecutor Mr Ihrman called for him to be held over "terrorist crimes through murder" after police said he was under prolonged questioning.

Stockholm police would not comment on reports that a second man had been arrested in the northern suburb of Hjulsta but said others were still being sought.

The latest outrage inflicted on the continent came just two weeks after similar tactics were used to attack London when Muslim convert Khalid Masood drove into crowds on Westminster Bridge.

The bloodshed also bore hallmarks to attacks seen in Nice and Berlin last year.

Swedish border controls were reinforced following the attack and investigators remained at the scene after the lorry was removed.

Condemnation poured in as news of the attack broke, including statements from German chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who said he was "deeply concerned".

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: "An attack on any of our member states is an attack on us all."

The Aftonbladet newspaper reported that the truck had been hijacked from Swedish beer maker Spendrups earlier on Friday.

Witness Jan Granroth told the paper that "we stood inside a shoe store and heard something ... and then people started to scream".

Mikael Anttila, a 49-year-old portfolio manager at bank SEB, told the Press Association he saw several hundred people gathered on the street close to the shop before they all started running "suddenly ... like ants".

"Then a lot of police started coming. Heavy weapons, civilian police, etc," he said.

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