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Swedish king, Nordic leaders react to attack

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the truck crashing into a department store in central Stockholm. (all times local):

5 p.m.

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf said in a brief statement that the Swedish royal family had noted the apparent attack in central Stockholm “with dismay” and sent condolences to the families of the victims and injured.

“We follow developments but as of now our thoughts go to the victims and their families,” he said.

In neighboring Finland, President Sauli Niinisto said he is shocked by the “maniac act of terror” in Stockholm.

“Every terror attack is to be equally condemned. But it touches us deeply when such an attack takes place in our Nordic neighborhood,” Niinisto said in a statement.

Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini described on Twitter the events in Stockholm as “a shocking incident” and the Helsinki police said separately that it will tighten security measures in the center of the Finnish capital.


4:55 p.m.

Top European Union officials have expressed their condolences to the families of victims of the truck crash at a Stockholm department store and praised the courage of first responders.

EU Council President Donald Tusk said in a tweet Friday that “my heart is in Stockholm this afternoon. My thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends of today’s terrible attack.”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that “one of Europe’s most vibrant and colorful cities appears to have been struck by those wishing it – and our very way of life – harm.”

Juncker said “an attack on any of our (EU) member states is an attack on us all” and that Sweden can count on EU help.


4:50 p.m.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman says the German government’s “thoughts are with the people in Stockholm, the injured, the relatives, first responders and police” after a truck crashed into a department store, killing several people.

Steffen Seibert said Friday on Twitter following the apparent attack in Sweden: “We stand together against…

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