The driver of the truck that crashed passers-by in central Stockholm on Friday committed an “attack” in which several people died, Swedish security services (Säpo) said.
After hitting several people, the vehicle hit a store, and the wounded were being treated at the scene of the attack, according to the images broadcast by the television.
“There are dead and many injured,” a security services spokeswoman, Nina Odermalm Schei, told AFP.
“Sweden was attacked,” denounced Prime Minister Stefan Lövfen.
The attack occurred near a department store, at the junction between one of the capital’s most frequented pedestrian streets, Drottningsgatan, and one of the main arteries of the city, Klarabergsgatan.
A cloud of smoke blackened the sky at the scene, cordoned off by police, according to television images. Several helicopters hovered over the center of the city.
The perpetrator had stolen the truck by taking advantage of “a delivery at a restaurant,” a spokeswoman for Spendrups transport company Rose-Marie Hertzman said.
The attack took place near the T-Centralen metro station, where all the lines of Stockholm pass, an AFP journalist said.
The events are reminiscent of the attacks in London, Berlin and Nice, in the south of France, whose authors attacked a crowd of vehicles.
On 22 March, Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British man who converted to Islam and was acquainted with security services, killed five people by trampling them on the sidewalk of the Westminster Bridge, before stabbing to death a policeman in front of the parliament.
The attacker, claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group (ISIS), was shot down by police.
In December, 12 people were killed after a man used a stolen truck to throw himself at people strolling through a Christmas market in Berlin.
The most deadly attack of this type in recent months was that of July 14, 2016, in Nice, when a person ran over a crowd attending a firework show on a French national holiday. The attack, claimed once again by the ISIS, killed 86 people.