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King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden releases statement about Stockholm terror attack

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has released a statement about the Stockholm terror attack, which took place this afternoon.

“It is with dismay the Royal Family and I have been informed of the attack in Stockholm this afternoon. The background and full extent of the incident is not yet known. We are closely following the developments but our thoughts are already now with the victims and their families.”

– King Carl XVI Gustaf

Around 3 o’clock this afternoon, the incident where “a person in a vehicle has injured other people” on Drottninggatan near Klarabergsgatan was first reported to the police. It was soon confirmed that the vehicle was a truck. At least three people have reportedly been killed. A large number of people have been injured.

The truck may have been hijacked from a Swedish brewery company called Spendrup. The police are currently advising the public to avoid Stockholm city centre near Sergels torg square.

Trains to and from Stockholm’s central railways have been stopped at the request of the police, and the Stockholm metro is currently closed. No one is currently being allowed the Swedish parliament building, which lies just south of the area where the incident occurred, although not many MP’s are currently present in the building.

This attack comes just two weeks after a similar incident in London. It had only just been announced today that a fifth person, Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, who fell off the Westminster Bridge during the attack, has died of her injuries in hospital.

In a statement released by police, Cristea’s family said they were “deeply touched and eternally grateful” for the efforts of medical staff who had tried to save her.

“After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea – wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life-loving person you can imagine – was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way,” the family’s statement said. “She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.”

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