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Icelanders in Stockholm React to Attack

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Icelanders in Stockholm React to Attack

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At least three people have been killed this afternoon when a lorry sped through a busy street in the center of Stockholm, the Swedish capital, crashing through the front of a large shop. Several Icelanders were among the eye witnesses.

Helga Margrét Marzelíusardóttir was walking with her ten-year-old daughter near to where the truck hit innocent people. She told RÚV that there was suddenly a lot of excited noise and people shouting for others to look out. Helga Margrét says she swept her daughter up and ran into the nearest doorway and stayed there until the uncertainty of what was going on passed. She says that people in the area are now very shocked and are paying extremely close attention to media reports and the police.

Þórarinn Jóhannsson works on the affected street and says he heard a vehicle accelerating hard outside his premises. “We are here on the second floor on Queen’s Street, quite far up, maybe about 300 meters away and we heard people shouting but didn’t know what was going on. All of a sudden we see people coming up the street, including scared children, and then one realizes quickly that there is something more going on,” he explained.

Foreign residents and visitors to Sweden are encouraged to let family and friends know they are alright. Icelanders are asked not to check in with the Icelandic embassy in Sweden unless they are unable to make direct contact with loved ones back home.

The Swedish government says this afternoon’s incident is almost certainly a terrorist attack. At least three have died and many more are injured.

At the time of writing, it is not known whether gunshots heard in another part of the city are related to this attack or not.

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