Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says “the country is in a state of shock” over a stolen beer truck attack that has killed four people and wounded 15 others in downtown Stockholm.
Lofven said on Friday “the aim of terrorism is to undermine democracy. But such a goal will never be achieved in Sweden”.
Police have arrested one suspect in the truck attack but would not say if they are hunting for any others.
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They discouraged people from going into central Stockholm on Friday night, and the national theatre, which is near the crash site, cancelled three plays.
The European Union and countries across the continent are offering Sweden support and solidarity following what the Swedish government says appears 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 following Friday’s attack.
“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.
The French government said President Francois Hollande expressed his horror and outrage at the attack.
Sweden’s Nordic neighbours also expressed their horror.
“Terrible news from Stockholm. Our thoughts are with our neighbours 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.
“Terrible event in Stockholm,” Norwegian Finance Minister Siv Jensen tweeted.
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US State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner condemned “this brutal and senseless attack” and said the United States was ready to provide any assistance it could to investigate it.
“Attacks like this are intended to sow the seeds of fear, but in fact they only strengthen our shared resolve to combat terrorism around the world,” Toner said in a statement.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and voiced sympathy for the victims’ families.
“We hope that those responsible for the attack will be swiftly brought to justice,” he said.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the attack was a blow struck against all EU countries.
“An attack on any of our member states is an attack on us all,” Juncker said in a message of condolences to the victims, adding the aim appeared to strike at “our very way of life.”
Antonio Tajani, the head of the European Parliament, said on Twitter that he was “shocked by the terrible news from Stockholm.”
Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter that he was “deeply concerned by shocking incident in Stockholm.”
“Britain’s thoughts are with the victims, their families and the whole of Sweden,” he said.
President Francois Hollande expressed his “horror and indignation” at the attack.
“France expresses its sympathy and solidarity with the families of the victims and all Swedes,” he said.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced on Twitter that the Eiffel Tower, which is normally illuminated, would go dark for a minute at midnight in honour of the victims of the attack.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said Germany stood “together against terror” with Sweden, and offered sympathy for those involved in the attack.
The country’s Foreign Ministry said on Twitter that “We strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Stockholm.”
“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and the people of Sweden.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the attack “terrible news” and said he had conveyed his country’s condolences to his Swedish counterpart.
“Our thoughts go out to the victims and survivors,” he said in a message on his Twitter account. “NL stands ready to help where needed.”
“In our country, we are well familiar with the crimes of international terrorism. At this difficult time, Russians weep with the Swedish people,” President Vladimir Putin said in a statement.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he was “closely following the attack in Stockholm.”
“Condolences to the victims and best wishes for recovery to the wounded. We stand by your side Sweden,” he said in a Twitter message.