Tuesday 12 December 2017

Driver flees after van rams taxi in Stockholm

Floral tributes left at Swedish Embassy in London following the truck attack in Stockholm in April
Floral tributes left at Swedish Embassy in London following the truck attack in Stockholm in April

A driver fled from the scene after a van rammed into a taxi in central Stockholm in an incident police are describing as "attempted murder".

The driver of the taxi was injured, police spokesman Anders Bryngelsson said.

He added officers, including some on a helicopter, are searching for the van's driver, which was initially described as a truck. Ambulances and fire fighters were at the scene.

"We investigate this as attempted murder because the driver of the van could have had that intention," Mr Bryngelsson told The Associated Press. He declined to describe the driver.

The van belonged to Tjuvgods.se, a courier company founded to help former convicts and drug addicts back into the labour market. A company spokesman, Curre Cederstrom, said the van was discovered missing on Tuesday morning.

"We had not even reported it stolen when we heard about this," the newspaper quoted Mr Cederstrom as saying.

Eyewitness Per Sturesson told Aftonbladet he first thought "the driver jumped out to see what had happened but he sped up and continued to drive."

"It felt like he just wanted to get out of the truck in panic."

Swedish media say several vehicles were hit in the incident.

On April 7, the driver of a stolen truck killed five pedestrians and injured 14 in central Stockholm. Lawyers for the suspect, Rakhmat Akilov, say he has admitted driving the truck 1,100 metres down a main pedestrian shopping street. That case is not expected to come to trial until next year.

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