STOCKHOLM–A truck drove into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in central Stockholm Sweden on Friday, killing three people and wounding eight in what the prime minister said appeared to be a terrorist attack.
All subway traffic was halted on orders from the police.
“Sweden has been attacked. Everything points to the fact that this is a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told reporters during a visit in western Sweden.
Many police and emergency services personnel were at the scene, a Reuters witness said.
Nobody has been arrested in connection with the attack police said.
Several attacks in which trucks or cars have driven into crowds have taken place in Europe in the past year.
Al Qaeda in 2010 urged its followers to use trucks as a weapon.
In London on March 22, a man in a car plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four, and then stabbed a policeman to death before being shot by police.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for both an attack in Nice, France, last July, when a truck killed 86 people celebrating Bastille Day, and one in Berlin in December, when a truck smashed through a Christmas market, killing 12 people.
A government source told Reuters all Swedish government offices had been closed.
“We were standing by the traffic lights at Drottninggatan and then we heard some screaming and saw a truck coming,” a witness, who declined to be named, told Reuters.
Radio Sweden reporter Martin Svenningsen said he saw three dead people “But probably more”.
Police confirmed three deaths and eight people injured.
King Carl Gustaf, Sweden’s head of state, expressed his horror at the attack.
“An attack on any of our member states is an attack on us all,” said EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker.