Incident Summary:

04/07/2017: An assailant hijacked a vehicle and drove it into a department store in Norrmalm neighborhood, Stockholm, Sweden. At least five people were killed and 14 other people were injured in the attack. In addition, an explosive device was also discovered in the cab of the vehicle following the assault. The assailant, identified as Rakhmat Akilov, claimed he was a supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), stating that the attack was carried out in revenge for bombings in Syria.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Norrmalm neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Sweden
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A homemade explosive device and a truck were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Swedish citizens Lena Wahlberg, Ebba Akerlund, and Marie Kide; Belgian citizen Mailys Dereymaeker; and British citizen Crispin Bevington. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Xinhua: Suspect In Stockholm Truck Attack Not Insane, Evaluation Concludes," Xinhua, May 10, 2017."
"Stockholm Truck Attack Toll Rises To Five," Radio Free Europe, April 28, 2017."
"EXTRA," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, February 20, 2018."