Three people have been reported dead in Sweden in an apparent terror attack involving the increasingly popular method of ramming a truck into a crowd.
The truck, a hijacked one belonging to Swedish brewery Spendrups, was driven by the hijacker into shoppers at the Ahlens Department Store in the Swedish capital of Stockholm earlier today (Friday).
At least three have been reported dead, the BBC reports, and several others injured. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said everything about the case points towards an act of terror.
Spendrups said their truck was on a delivery run when it was stolen, with the perpetrator commandeering the vehicle whilst the driver was offloading his products.
The terrorist drove the vehicle through the front window of the shop, eyewitnesses said. “There was blood everywhere,” one female who was in the shop’s changing room when the incident occurred, told the BBC.
The attack comes as the modus operandi of using trucks to mow down crowds becomes more popular among individual, radicalised terrorists, who might find it difficult to find a bomb or a weapon with no support – but can utilise something as benign as a vehicle to inflict maximum damage.
The perpetrator of the attack is still at large.