Thursday 22 February 2018

'Ireland stands with Sweden' - Enda Kenny offers support in wake of truck attack

Central Station was evacuated Photo: TT News Agency/Anders Wiklund/via REUTERS
Central Station was evacuated Photo: TT News Agency/Anders Wiklund/via REUTERS
Prime minister Stefan Lofven makes a statement after people were killed when a truck crashed into department store Ahlens on Drottninggatan, in central Stockholm, Sweden April 7, 2017. TT News Agency/Thomas Johansson/via REUTERS
Police release image of person of interest in Stockholm truck crash
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has offered Ireland's support to Sweden following today's suspected terror attack.

"Following the tragic events in Stockholm earlier today I want to offer my solidarity and that of the Irish Government to Stefan Löfven and the Swedish people," he said.

"We stand with Sweden, and the rest of Europe, in united determination that our values will not be defeated.

"The cowards who perpetrated this attack place no value on our freedom and way of life here in Europe and their view has no place in our society.

Emergency personnel load a person into an ambulance, centre, at the scene after a truck crashed into a department store injuring several people in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday (Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via AP)
Emergency personnel load a person into an ambulance, centre, at the scene after a truck crashed into a department store injuring several people in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday (Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via AP)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan also issued a statement.

"I was shocked and saddened by reports of a serious incident this afternoon in Stockholm which has resulted in a number of fatalities.  I wish to offer my sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured in this horrific incident," he said.

 "While the nature of the incident has not yet been officially confirmed, I understand that it is being treated as a terrorist attack by the Swedish authorities.  I wish to express my own and the Government’s solidarity and support to the people of Stockholm and Sweden at this time.  

The European Union and countries across the continent offered Sweden support and solidarity on Friday following what the Swedish government said appeared to be a terrorist attack using a vehicle in central Stockholm.

"An attack on any of our member states is an attack on us all," said President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. "One of Europe's most vibrant and colourful cities appears to have been struck by those wishing it – and our very way of life – harm.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the people of Sweden and the Swedish authorities can count on the European Commission to support them in any which way we can."

"My heart is in Stockholm this afternoon," President of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted. "My thoughts are with the victims, and their families and friends, of today's terrible attack."

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert also reacted to the news.

"Our thoughts are with the people in Stockholm, the injured, relatives, rescuers and police. We stand together against terror," he said in a tweet.

Sweden's Nordic neighbours also expressed their horror.

"Terrible news from Stockholm. Our thoughts are with our neighbours and friends in Sweden," Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila wrote in Swedish on his Twitter account.

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, speaking in Vienna, expressed his sadness and called for more cooperation between countries to combat attacks.

"It's so horrible to learn about this terror attack ... It's horrible, it's disgusting and we have to fight this terror appearing in Europe," he said.

"And one thing we can do is to cooperate even closer on exchanging data, exchanging information about what we learn of those terror cells or terrorists," Samuelsen added.

"Terrible event in Stockholm," Norwegian Finance Minister Siv Jensen tweeted.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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