Friday, April 07, 2017
POSSIBLE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAMIST VEHICLE RAMMING IN SWEDEN-DETAILS TO COME.
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Suspect device found in deadly Stockholm attack truck-[AFP]-Pia OHLIN-YAHOONEWS-April 8, 2017
The alleged driver, who is in custody, is a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan who was already known to Swedish police, authorities said."We have found a device in the vehicle that doesn't belong there ... A technical examination is ongoing, we can't go into what it is right now ... whether it's a bomb or a flammable device," police chief Dan Eliasson told reporters.Intelligence agency chief Anders Thornberg added that the Uzbek suspect "has appeared in our intelligence gathering in the past"."There is nothing to indicate that we've got the wrong man. On the contrary, the suspicions have strengthened," Eliasson added.Flags flew at half-mast across Stockholm on Saturday as the city slowly returned to normal a day after the attack.A stolen beer truck ploughed into a crowd of people at the corner of the bustling Ahlens department store and the Drottninggatan pedestrian street on Friday afternoon, above ground from Stockholm's central subway station.Fifteen people were injured, nine of whom remained in hospital on Saturday.- Latest attack in Europe -It was the third terror attack in Europe in two weeks, coming on the heels of assaults in London and St. Petersburg, although there has been no immediate claim of responsibility.Previous attacks using vehicles have occurred in London, Berlin and the southern French city of Nice, all of them claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS).Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who said Sweden will hold a minute's silence on Monday in memory of the victims, has beefed up Sweden's border controls."Terrorists want us to be afraid, want us to change our behaviour, want us to not live our lives normally, but that is what we're going to do. So terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never," Lofven said.City streets were empty early Saturday, slowly filling as the day wore on as things began to return to normal -- apart from a heavy police presence, a rare scene in this normally tranquil country.A swelling crowd milled by the security barrier erected around the scene, many placing flowers on the ground or in the security fence.Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, 39, was one of those laying down a bouquet, wiping tears from her cheek."I feel an incredible sadness, an emptiness," she told reporters. But she said: "Society has demonstrated enormous strength and we stand together against this."- Suspected driver in custody -The suspected driver was detained on Friday in Marsta, a suburb north of Stockholm. According to several media outlets, he is an IS supporter.Intelligence agency Sapo said meanwhile it was hunting for "possible accomplices or networks that may have been involved in the attack."Witnesses described scenes of terror and panic on Friday."A massive truck starts driving ... and mangles everything and just drives over exactly everything," eyewitness Rikard Gauffin told AFP."It was so terrible and there were bodies lying everywhere... it was really terrifying," he added.The truck was towed away in the early hours of Saturday.- 'It was expected' -An attack on Stockholm was just a matter of time, the head of the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defence College, Magnus Ranstorp, told AFP."It was pretty expected, the police and intelligence agency have practised for this several times the past year... We just didn't know when it was going to happen," he said.Friday's attack was the latest in a string of assaults with vehicles in Europe.The deadliest came last year in France on the July 14 Bastille Day national holiday, when a man rammed a truck into a crowd in the Mediterranean resort of Nice, killing 86 people.In December, a man hijacked a truck and slammed into shoppers at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.In London last month, Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old convert to Islam, killed five people when he drove a car at high speed into pedestrians before launching a frenzied knife attack on a policeman guarding parliament.In 2014, IS called for attacks on citizens of Western countries and gave instructions on how they could be carried out without military equipment, using rocks or knives, or by running people over in vehicles.Friday's attack was the second terror attack in Stockholm.In December 2010, a suicide bomber blew himself up, also on the Drottninggatan pedestrian street, lightly injuring several passersby.
Sweden PM: Truck crash into Stockholm store is terror attack-[Associated Press]-DAVID KEYTON and JAN OLSEN--YAHOONEWS-April 7, 2017
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A driver crashed a hijacked beer truck into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least two people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who called the crash a terror attack.Live television footage showed smoke coming out of the upscale Ahlens department store on the city's pedestrian Drottninggatan Street, which the truck smashed into.People in the downtown area fled in panic, and Stockholm's nearby Central Station for trains and the subway, a few hundred yards away, was evacuated. All trains to and from the main station were halted. Two large shopping malls in Stockholm were shut down.Broadcaster SVT said at least five people were killed in the attack while Swedish radio reported three dead, but police could not immediately confirm those reports. The country's intelligence agency said a large number of people were wounded in the crash."Sweden has been attacked," Lofven said in a nationally televised press conference. "This indicates that it is an act of terror."There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack."We stood inside a shoe store and heard something ... and then people started to scream," witness Jan Granroth told the Aftonbladet daily. "I looked out of the store and saw a big truck."Police said there were no indications of shooting in the area, as Swedish broadcaster SVT reported earlier. Police in a later news conference said no one has been arrested, contradicting earlier Swedish media reports.Swedish beer maker Spendrups said one of its trucks had been hijacked earlier Friday."It is one of our delivery trucks. In connection with a delivery to a restaurant called Caliente, someone jumped into the truck and drove it away, while the driver was unloading his delivery," Spendrups spokesman Marten Luth told the Swedish news agency TT.He said the original beer truck driver was not injured.Lofven, who was visiting a school in central Sweden where three students died in a bus crash Sunday, said he and the Swedish government were being updated constantly on developments.Condolences poured in to Sweden from top European Union officials and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf said the royal family sends its condolences to the families of the victims and injured.In neighboring Finland, President Sauli Niinisto said he was shocked by the "maniac act of terror" in Stockholm."Every terror attack is to be equally condemned. But it touches us deeply when such an attack takes place in our Nordic neighborhood," Niinisto said.Helsinki police said they were tightening security measures in the center of the Finnish capital.EU Council President Donald Tusk said in a tweet Friday that "my heart is in Stockholm this afternoon. My thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends of today's terrible attack."European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that "one of Europe's most vibrant and colorful cities appears to have been struck by those wishing it — and our very way of life — harm."Juncker said "an attack on any of our (EU) member states is an attack on us all" and that Sweden can count on EU help.Friday's crash is near the site of a December 2010 attack in which Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in Britain, detonated a suicide bomb, killing himself and injuring two others.Abdulwahab rigged a car with explosives in the hope that the blast would drive people to Drottninggatan — the street hit Friday — where he would set off devices strapped to his chest and back. The car bomb never went off, and Abdulwahab died when one of his devices exploded among panicked Christmas shoppers.Vehicles have been common weapons in recent extremist attacks.Last month, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, a man drove into a crowd on London's Westminster Bridge, killing three people and injuring many others before stabbing a policeman to death. He was shot dead by police. A fourth person, a woman thrown into the Thames by the force of the car attack, died Thursday.The IS group has also claimed responsibility for a truck attack that killed 86 people in Nice, France, in July during a Bastille Day festival and another truck attack that killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin.___Olsen reported from Copenhagen, Denmark.
EU offers Sweden support after Stockholm attack-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-April 7, 2017
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - 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 colorful 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 neighbors also expressed their horror."Terrible news from Stockholm. Our thoughts are with our neighbors 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.(Reporting by Alastair Macdonald in Brussels, Francois Murphy in Vienna, Gwladys Fouche and Terje Solsvik in Oslo, Tuomas Forsell in Helsinki; Editing by Andrew Bolton)
Swedish media: Truck crashes into Stockholm store, 3 dead-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-April 7, 2017
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish media say a truck has crashed into a department store in central Stockholm, killing three people.Swedish radio says Friday that three people have been killed in the crash and Swedish broadcaster SVT says shots have been fired. People in the area are fleeing the scene.The Swedish news agency TT says several people have been rushed away in ambulances, and live television footage showed smoke coming out of the department store that the truck smashed into.Swedish police said say they have received calls about a person who has injured others driving a vehicle on the central Stockholm street of Drottninggatan. Police spokeswoman Towe Hagg says people have been injured but she would not confirm the deaths.
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