Stockholm attack: Witnesses describe 'running for their lives' as truck ploughs into shoppers near mall

Tom Powell
Attack: The truck ploughed into shoppers in Stockholm: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Witnesses told how they ran for their lives after a hijacked truck ploughed into a shopping centre in Stockholm in a suspected terror attack.

The lorry was driven down a busy shopping street in the Swedish capital, killing four and injuring 15.

It then ploughed into the Ahlens shopping centre following the attack on Friday afternoon.

A witness, called Anna, said: "I saw hundreds of people run, they ran for their lives. I turned and ran as well."

Leander Noordling, 66, was standing in a perfume shop when he suddenly heard a “loud bang”.

He told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet: “It sounded like a bomb that exploded and began to smoke heavily in through the main entrance.”

Mr Noordling was forced, along with other customers and members of staff, to hide in a storage room inside the shop. They were eventually evacuated via a side entrance.

“There were many guards who met us outside and we were told to leave the site immediately,” he added.

Several people were seen being rushed away in ambulances, and live television footage showed smoke coming out of the department store.

Jan Granroth was in a shoe store when he heard screams. He told the same paper: “We stood inside a shoe store, and we heard noise, and then people started screaming. So I looked out at the store and I saw a huge truck slam into the wall opposite.”

Surrounding shops were evacuated by police after the attack (Reuters)

Another witness described the panic which surged through the street when the truck suddenly appeared.

“I could not see if anyone was driving it but it got out of control. I saw at least two being run over. I ran as fast as I could from there,” he said.

Mikael Anttila, a 49-year-old portfolio manager at bank SEB, said he saw several hundred people gathered on the street close to the shop, before they all started running "suddenly ... like ants".

"Then a lot of police started coming. Heavy weapons, civilian police," he said.

The crash took place in the Ahlen shopping centre (Arash Pendari/PA)

Officials said that one person had been arrested in connection with the attack.

Swedish brewery company Spendrups, which owns the truck, said it had been hijacked earlier in the day.

"During a delivery to the restaurant Caliente someone jumped into the driver's cabin and drove off with the car while the driver unloads," communications director Mårten Lyth told the TT news agency.

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