Friday 20 October 2017

Norway bus hijacker to be deported

Police investigators stand around a bus after a hijacking in Aardal, some 300 km north west of Oslo
Police investigators stand around a bus after a hijacking in Aardal, some 300 km north west of Oslo
Emergency service personnel stand next to a helicopter near the scene of a bus hijacking in Aardal
Emergency service personnel stand next to an ambulance near the scene of a bus hijacking in Aardal

A knife-wielding man who allegedly stabbed three people to death during a bus hijacking in rural Norway had been due to be deported.

Police said the 31-year-old suspect from South Sudan had been living at a reception centre for asylum seekers in the small town of Aardal and was due to be arrested and sent to Spain where he would have his application for asylum reviewed.

Police spokesman Odd Arve Solvag says the fire department responded to the incident at first in the belief that it was an accident. They apprehended the man who was later arrested by police.

The motive was not immediately clear.

Oslo police was 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.

Multiple killings are rare in Norway, though the country was shocked by its worst peacetime massacre two years ago when a right-wing extremist killed 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage.

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