A stolen beer truck crashed into a crowd at Ahlens Department Store in Klarabergsgatan area of central Stockholm, killing four people in a terrorist attack at around 3:00 p.m. local time on April 7, 2017. Soon after the incident, people in the area were seen running for their lives.
This incident reminds us of the United States President Donald Trump’s recent comments that baffled the people. But, was Trump’s mistake on Sweden terrorist attack a prophecy?
The official Twitter handle of former PM of Sweden:
On February 18, 2017, during a rally in Florida Trump made scathing, but clumsy, remarks on Europe’s refugee policies and related it to terror attacks across Europe. He said, “You look at what’s happening. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany; you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”
The remarks made by the President were promptly dismissed by Twitter users ridiculing Trump. Carl Bildt, the former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, said on his official Twitter handle, “What has been smoking?
Fox News Twitter handle:
However, despite the sarcastic remarks levelled at Trump, he continued to stand by his policy of anti-immigration. The President was ridiculed across the globe for his seeming comments, but now after the devastating attack in Stockholm, some are wondering if he had been right.
In fact, soon after the Stockholm attack, there were reactions that poured on Twitter. Fox News in its early morning tweeted on April 8, 2017, that read “Terror attack likely linked to Sweden’s policy of Mass-Open-Door Immigration.
Site of the attack:
Part of central Stockholm was cordoned off, and the area was evacuated, including the main train station. The Police ordered a halt on all subway traffic.
The Police have arrested a 39-year-old Uzbek national who is said to have ISIS sympathies and holds Stockholm residential address. After the attack, the accused expressed support for ISIS online in connection to his involvement in the terrorist attack
Sweden’s English Newspaper that carried the Stockholm attack:
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told reporters during a visit in western Sweden, “Sweden has been attacked. Everything points to the fact that this is a terrorist attack.”
Sweden has not been a target of terrorists since 2010. The latest attack has revived the memories of 2010 suicide attack in Stockholm that killed the perpetrator
December 2010 terror attack in Stockholm:
In the first ever suicide attack in the Nordic countries, a suicide bomber on December 11, 2010, carried out twin blasts in Drottninggatan area of central Stockholm, killing himself. The investigations followed concluded that the attack was carried out by al-Qaeda terrorists.
PM Narendra Modi gave his condolence on Twitter:
Condolences poured in from across the world. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on his official Twitter handle said that India “stands firmly” with the people of Sweden in this hour of grief.
The police cordoned off the area:
Both Al Qaeda and ISIS have been urging their followers to use vehicles as a weapon of terror.
In the past one year, several attacks involving trucks or cars have been conducted through Europe. Over the past nine months, ISIS had carried out three vehicle-propelled terror attacks, which include, July 14, 2016, truck attack in Nice on Bastille Day, truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market on December 19, 2016, and the most recent, Westminster terror attack on March 22, 2017.
While the investigations are underway, it is important for international community to stand together against the common enemy of humanity