Truck Drives Into Stockholm Department Store in Reported Terrorist Attack

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A truck has been driven into a Stockholm department store on a major pedestrian street, several media outlets are reporting.

The BBC reports that the incident occurred on Queen Street, one of the city’s major pedestrian areas in central Stockholm, just before 3 p.m. local time. A truck drove into the window of the Ahlens department store. Shots have also reportedly been fired.

According to The Independent, at least three people were killed an many more injured in the attack, which Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said everything indicates is a “terror attack.”

According to CNN, the city’s subway system and Parliament are in lockdown. Police are working to secure the area.

The incident follows a number of similar terrorist attacks in Europe. In late March a terrorist in London drove a 4x4 into a crowd of people walking on Westminster Bridge before crashing into the gates of the House of Commons.

Late last year, another terrorist drove a tractor trailer through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin.

Terrorism and global political uncertainty is prompting travelers to avoid certain destinations worldwide, according to a recent study by Virtuoso. 40 percent of Virtuoso advisors report that their clients are now avoiding certain destinations due to terrorism concerns, according to the report, including destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, with Turkey and Egypt topping the list of countries. Instead, Americans are choosing to travel within their own country, as well as visit those countries perceived as safer, including Japan, Canada and New Zealand.

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