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Swedish prime minister calls deadly truck crash a ‘terror attack’

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.

People in the downtown area fled in panic, and the country’s intelligence agency said a large number of people were injured. 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.

“Sweden has been attacked,” Lofven said in a nationally televised news conference. “This indicates that it is an act of terror.”

Live television images showed smoke coming out of the upscale Ahlens department store on Drottninggatan Street after the truck smashed into the building. The department store is part of a Sweden-wide chain. The building includes several stores at street level.

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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.”