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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:15 am 
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Apparantly a truck has run into a crowd in central Stockholm, on the Drottninggatan pedestrian street where a failed suicide bomber blew himself up in 2010.
I happened to be standing next to a police officer just now and the radio blared out the phrase "ongoing terrorist attack, Drottninggatan, central Stockholm". The cop got in a big hurry.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:27 am 
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The truck went into the big department store Åhléns adjacent to Drottninggatan.
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Confirmed that truck was hijacked, fire alarm at Åhléns reportedly set just prior to truck ramming possible to get a bigger crowd outside, truck on fire after ramming.
Also reports of gunfire elsewhere in Stockholm, police are instructing people through loudspeakers to run and disperse as the attack may be ongoing.
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Thank you for the update.


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Oh, Crap and stay safe.

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My thoughts and prayers for the people of Stockholm.

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I'm at work at Arlanda airport, I'm hoping there won't be any attack here as well.

Major chaos in central Stockholm, enormous police and military response. Cordons, road blocks. Police are telling everyone that central Stockholm is not safe and is to be avoided.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:23 am 
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Micael wrote:
I'm at work at Arlanda airport, I'm hoping there won't be any attack here as well.


Watch your ass Micael, you're a good friend.

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Major chaos in central Stockholm, enormous police and military response. Cordons, road blocks. Police are telling everyone that central Stockholm is not safe and is to be avoided.


If the police are saying that, its bad. What's the general mood in Sweden with this going down?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:34 am 
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Thanks Stuart, I promise to try to duck.

Yeah it's looking bad, people are rather terse and composed where I'm at at the moment.
Judging from what I see from facebook friends people are shelteribg in place downtown, businesses have locked doors and customers are huddling away from windows.

A facebook friend just wrote that an unplanned phone call with his accountant saved him, made him walk down Drottninggatan five minutes after the attack rather than when it occurred.

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Said to be a suspect being arrested:
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Posted by Bouncy70 in Politics and Current Affairs, which thread has been locked.

Just breaking (Swedish only for now).

http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/stockho ... stockholm/

Five reported dead, one person arrested.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:09 am 
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Police saying that perp is not in custody. Unconfirmed report of three armed men exiting truck, may be incorrect and it's unclear how many terrorists there are.

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Hearing that people downtown are opening their homes to people unable to get out, hope that noone takes advantage of that.

Also in the midst of all the horror, an elderly lady being helped to cross a crosswalk by a police officer.
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Micael wrote:
I'm at work at Arlanda airport, I'm hoping there won't be any attack here as well.

Major chaos in central Stockholm, enormous police and military response. Cordons, road blocks. Police are telling everyone that central Stockholm is not safe and is to be avoided.


If this is a diversion / first wave, then airports could be next. Keep your head on a swivel.

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jemhouston wrote:
Micael wrote:
I'm at work at Arlanda airport, I'm hoping there won't be any attack here as well.

Major chaos in central Stockholm, enormous police and military response. Cordons, road blocks. Police are telling everyone that central Stockholm is not safe and is to be avoided.


If this is a diversion / first wave, then airports could be next. Keep your head on a swivel.

Yeah I'm on alert. We'll see where this goes.

Police are searching for this suspect:
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All Stockholm county hospitals are on disaster alert, staff recalled.
Military emphasizing that it's primarily a police operation but assisting as needed.
Civil contingencies agency on disaster alert.
Police has gone to a nationwide alert, potential targets are being guarded.
All public rail transport in central Stockholm shut down, railway, subway etc.

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I only just caught this. Stay under cover Micael.

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Well I've been a bit busy for a few hours, lot of people stranded at the airport due to public transit shutdown.

Anyway, some additional photos.
Terrible scenes.
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This appears to be military special forces that have donned police patches, that's a first:
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Västerbron bridge filled with people trying to walk home:
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Micael wrote:
Well I've been a bit busy for a few hours, lot of people stranded at the airport due to public transit shutdown.

Anyway, some additional photos.
Terrible scenes.



Agreed,

Hope the police manage to catch up with the attacker rapidly before any other casualties can occur.

Micael wrote:

This appears to be military special forces that have donned police patches.



Not N.I. in different uniforms? They put out a bid for AR15 pattern rifles (won by LWRCI if I remember) and the trend is definitely away from black as a uniform colour internationally.


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Stay safe Micael. Those are indeed terrible scenes.

Pure atrocity, nothing else. No rational excuses.

Prayers for Sweden.

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