Swedish store hit by truck regrets 'damaged goods' promotion

Posted April 20, 2017

A British man is among four people who were killed when a truck was driven into pedestrians in Stockholm.

The Swedish department store that was rammed by a stolen beer truck, leaving four people dead and 15 injured in Stockholm, said Sunday it regrets an announcement that it would reopen two days after the deadly attack to sell damaged goods at a "reduced price".

Swedish prosecutors yesterday arrested a second person in connection with the truck attack and were holding four other people.

A 39-year-old Uzbek man was arrested as the suspected driver.

The man suspected of hijacking a truck and using it to commit Friday's attack in Sweden, killing 4, had been denied residency in that country, officials said Sunday.

Police Spokesman Lars Bystrom has since told news agencies, "We suspect that the man who was arrested is the perpetrator".

According to the AP, a spokesperson for the national police said the suspect is known to have "been sympathetic to extremist organizations".

According to sources close to the investigation cited by various media, the suspect, bloodied from the crash, fled the scene and ran into the nearby T-centralen subway station, taking advantage of the panic to blend into the crowd.

Attendees laid flowers on a large Swedish flag placed down the square's steps.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven described Friday's incident as a terrorist attack, and asked for tightening of the borders.

The lion-shaped boulders on Drottninggatan are meant as roadblocks and have been put up in several European capitals after a truck attack past year killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin. No identities other than nationalities have yet been made public.

A hijacked beer delivery lorry ploughed into pedestrians in Stockholm on Friday (7 April), after driving through a pedestrianised area before bursting into flames.

Ten of the injured people remained in hospital, with two of them in intensive care, the authorities said.

The Stockholm attack is the latest in a series of deadly rampages involving vehicles that have struck European cities over the previous year - Nice in southern France in July, Berlin in December and London last month.

Crown Princess Victoria was among them, laying a bouquet of red roses.

Stockholm was returning to normality yesterday with police barricades taken down along the Drottninggatan street where the attack took place.