Stockholm car-ramming suspect 'still on the run'

Stockholm car-ramming suspect 'still on the run'
'Sweden has been attacked. Everything points to a terror attack,' warned Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, as police hunt a man who drove a van into a crowd in Stockholm.
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07 April, 2017
Swedish police have released a photo of the man wanted for ramming a car into a crowd of people in the centre of Stockholm on Friday, leaving five people dead.

The suspect has not yet been named and the Swedish police but confirmed that he is not in police custody and on the run.

"There are deaths, and many injured," Nina Odermalm Schei, a spokeswoman for Swedish intelligence agency Sapo, told AFP.

The attack is now being treated as a terrorist attack according to an announcement by the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.
"Sweden has been attacked. Everything points to a terror attack," said the leader.

Immediately after the attack, Swedish broadcaster SVT said shots had been fired while footage showed people fleeing the scene.

"Police received a call from SOS Alarm that a person in a vehicle has injured other people on Drottninggatan," police wrote on Twitter. The incident occurred just before 1pm near the city's biggest pedestrian street.

Witness Jan Granroth told local daily news outlet Aftonbladet "we stood inside a shoe store and heard something ... and then people started to scream. I looked out of the store and saw a big truck."

Video images showed an area of Stockholm sealed off by police and crowds gathering around the cordon.

Helicopters were hovering in the sky over central Stockholm, and a large number of police cars and ambulances were dispatched to the scene, according to witness reports.

It was not immediately clear whether it was an accident or an attack.

Agencies contributed to this report