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Perspective: Terror Came To Stockholm

SWEDEN


Analyses will follow for months and maybe years. One thing is clear: we will not forget either the victims this day, nor the attack on an open, democratic society, and the blow against the trust and solidarity between people. However, Swedes seem determined not to let hatred win this battle.

Thousands of Swedes have been expressing their grief via the hashtag #prayforstockholm, and many read the prayer written by the Swedish Christian Ecumenical Organization, which accounts for the majority of Swedish Christianity (Sveriges kristna råd), after the attack: “God, we pray for a world that is bleeding. We pray for those who have been hit by sorrow today. We pray for our country and those leading our country.”

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Photo credit: Reuters Media Express. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven looks at flowers laid for the victims as he visits the crime scene, April 8, 2017, the day after the hijacked beer truck plowed into pedestrians on Drottninggatan and crashed into the Ahlens department store in central Stockholm. 

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