Sweden to take steps to counter extremist attacks

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Sweden's government and opposition lawmakers say they will take steps to counter extremist attacks, including giving more powers to police and security services and putting up physical obstacles to protect citizens.

Interior Minister Anders Ygeman of the center-left Social Democratic-led government said Wednesday at a news conference with opposition leaders that they are united "against the terrorist ideology."

Ygeman says measures would include erecting barriers in public spaces to protect pedestrians.

On April 7, a stolen truck rammed it into a crowd in downtown Stockholm, killing five and injuring 14, an attack that authorities called an act of terrorism.

Ygeman says formal proposals will be drawn up soon and presented to the Riksdagen parliament, where approval is a formality because both the government and the opposition agree on measures.