Local police have arrested a Muslim terrorist in Stockholm, and he admitted to carrying out the terror attack that took place yesterday afternoon in the city. During the attack, a terrorist driving a truck ploughed into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in central Stockholm, murdering at least four people and injuring an additional 15.
The 39-year-old Muslim father-of-four was arrested in the northern suburb of Marsta after going on the run following the attack, reported Swedish newspaper Aftonblat.
The terrorist, believed to be from Uzbekistan, was wearing a balaclava, with broken glass on his clothes. He reportedly confessed to being involved in the atrocity.
Police suspect he was behind the wheel of the truck, although other security sources reported in Swedish media said the driver is still at large.
He had posted ISIS propaganda on Facebook and liked pictures of casualties after the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon in 2013, Aftonblat reported.
A further arrest was made at 11pm last night in the Stockholm suburb of Hjulsta, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen.
Pictures show the second man, who looked younger, being handcuffed and taken away in a police car. According to Swedish television, the two arrested men are linked.
Photographer Janne Akkeson, who witnessed the arrest in Hjulsta, said: ‘There were about 15 police cars at the scene. There was a specialist terrorist SWAT team and sniffer dogs.’
During the attack, which happened around 3pm local time, a Muslim driving a hijacked 30-tonne truck ploughed down pedestrians before crashing into a shopping centre and bursting into flames.
One witness said a pram was hurled into the air and desperate pedestrians ran for their lives as the truck crushed everything in its path.
Three men jumped out from inside the truck and opened fire before trying to stab pedestrians, witnesses said.
Two men were tackled to the ground and arrested. Police questioned them but said they were not suspected of any crime.
Police released CCTV of the terrorist who ran away, who was wearing a green jacket, white shoes and a grey hoodie.
Officers said the first terrorist arrested on Friday evening in Marsta resembled the man in the appeal photos.
Hundreds of shoppers had to flee for their lives after the articulated truck rammed into the corner of the Ahlens department store.
Horrifying images of the aftermath showed blood smeared on the roads and bodies covered by blankets.
Following the truck crash, armed terrorists were seen running into Stockholm’s Central railway station and opening fire. Two people were also said to have been stabbed.
Spendrups Brewery said the truck belonged to its company and was stolen.
The vehicle’s original driver, who has not been named, was hurt in the hijacking after trying to cling to the vehicle.
He had climbed out of the cab while delivering its cargo of beer. At least one man, wearing a balaclava, took the chance to climb in and drove off, knocking the victim over as he tried to get back on board. He was injured, but not seriously.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has laid a bouquet of red roses and lit a candle outside the Ahlens store.
Witnesses described how severed limbs and bodies were left littered across the blood-splattered Drottninggatan in a scene reminiscent of a ‘warzone’.
Many told how they had been browsing in busy stores when the truck came hurtling towards them.
One told of bodies and blood ‘everywhere’ and even a dead dog with its owner screaming beside it.