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What we know now is that one or more assailants hijacked a truck in central Stockholm and drove a truck into a crowd on the busiest street in the city at 2:53 pm, just ahead of the Friday afternoon rush.
Three people have been confirmed dead and 15 or more are seriously injured, all of the hospitals are on high alert, and all public transport has been shut down, including the traffic in and around the central station.
Two hours after the initial alarm, the visibly shaken Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven confirmed that this was a terror attack and that all government buildings are put on lockdown.
There is no word yet on the number of suspects but one person has been arrested. The police have confirmed that it was not a suicide attack and that they have surveillance video of what they believe is a person of interest.
It’s the strangest thing because even though we knew — and we did know — that it was just a matter of time, this is still a shock. Seeing people run for their lives in central Stockholm, the bodies in the streets and the crowds of people, crying or just staring blankly; it breaks my heart and shakes me to my core.
Dark forces have been at work here for a long time, but we decided not to see. Rather than face the truth we spent our time making monsters out of those who spoke of things we should have known. And the price we pay for this is steep, the consequences for our willful ignorance are dire.
The things you fail to defend will surely be taken from you, be it love, land or freedom, this I am sure of and this much I know.
This is not only a time for heartbreak and fear, but one for resolve and decisions. Either we protect our freedom and safeguard this land or we capitulate to this evil emptiness.
Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty are at war.
And we must never be neutral between them.