(AFP, REUTERS) - Three people were killed when a truck drove into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in central Stockholm on Friday (April 7).
Several attacks in which trucks or cars have driven into crowds have taken place in Europe in the past year.
Over the past decade, Israel has seen a growing number of vehicle ramming attacks, particularly in Jerusalem.
Al Qaeda in 2010 urged its followers to use trucks as a weapon. Such "low tech" attacks are almost impossible to prevent and easy to copy, posing a major headache for security services.
Here are previous attacks of this kind:
- London - On March 22, a 52-year-old British convert to Islam, Khalid Masood, mowed down pedestrians on a bridge near parliament and stabbed a policeman, killing four people before he was shot dead by police. The death in hospital of a fifth person, a Romanian woman who was knocked into the River Thames, was announced on Friday. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) .
- Berlin - On Dec 19, 2016, Tunisian national Anis Amri, 24, hijacked a truck and slammed into a crowd of people at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people. Amri was shot dead by Italian police in Milan four days later after travelling through several European countries. The rampage was claimed by ISIS.
- Nice - On July 14, 2016, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, ploughed a 19-tonne truck into a Bastille Day crowd leaving a fireworks display in Nice on the Promenade des Anglais, killing 86 people on the famous beachfront street. ISIS later claimed Bouhlel as one of its followers.
- Montreal - On Oct 20, 2014, Muslim convert Martin Couture-Rouleau, 25, from Quebec, used his car to mow down two soldiers near Montreal, killing one of them. Couture-Rouleau was shot dead by police as he climbed out of his wrecked vehicle brandishing a knife.