Friday 20 October 2017

Knifeman kills three after bus hijacked in Norway

A knife-wielding man hijacked a bus in western Norway and killed three people on board, including the bus driver.

The suspect, described as a man in his 50s, was arrested after the attack in Sogn and Fjordane county yesterday, police said.

Authorities first got reports of injuries in connection with a bus accident and rescuers from the fire department were the first to arrive on the scene, police spokesman Odd Arne Solvag said.

He said the rescuers overpowered the suspect who was later arrested by police.

Mr Solvag said the suspect was not an ethnic Norwegian but could not give details on where he was from. The motive was not immediately clear.

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Oslo police were getting ready to send an anti-terror unit to the scene aboard army helicopters but called off the deployment after receiving reports that the suspect had been arrested.

"The situation was very unclear. They only told us that there was one man on the bus who had hijacked the bus and the driver was hurt. That was the first message we got here," Oslo police spokesman Andre Krakenes said.

The attack took place around 17:30 local time (16:30 GMT) on a remote mountain road near Ardal, about 136 miles north-west of Oslo.

"For now, I have no information to indicate there was anyone else than the three victims" on the bus, police officer Joern Lasse Foerde Refsnes told TV2. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

The suspect is being treated in hospital for knife wounds, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation said. Multiple killings are extremely rare in Norway.

Irish Independent

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