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Police stop man sawing off wife’s foot

A 41-year-old man from the southern town of Skien has been charged with attempted murder after apparently trying to saw off his wife’s arms and legs.

Police arrived at the apartment to find the woman’s foot had nearly been sawn off. The 31-year-old woman had also been doused in boiling water and cooking oil, stabbed in the head and slashed with knives.

The woman sustained serious fracture wounds, bruises and second-degree burns on her face, neck, chest and arms.

Neighbours had warned police after hearing loud screams and howling in the apartment.

“It’s a wonder she’s alive,” the woman’s legal aid lawyer was quoted by NRK as saying.

The woman is an immigrant mother of four children who had come to Norway two years ago. The 41-year-old suspect arrived in the country a year later but had reportedly blamed his wife for his failure to obtain permanent residency status.

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Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Norwegian police will continue to be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, but the advice for Pride events nationwide to be postponed has been scrapped, the Police Directorate announced Wednesday. 

Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Police in Norway will continue to be armed for the foreseeable future, the Norwegian Police Directorate announced yesterday. 

It was announced that police in Norway be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, which left two dead and 21 injured last week

Yesterday, Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service, PST, lowered the terrorist threat level from extraordinary to high- the second-highest level. 

“The threat level in Norway has changed from extraordinary, to high, according to PST. The danger of follow-up actions or inspired attacks means that the police will continue to be temporarily armed,” the Police Directorate wrote on its website

The police said that PST had widened the threat picture from LGBT groups to other broader targets. 

“PST maintains that LGBTQI + is still included in the target picture, but also people and events that are perceived to offend Islam, religious gatherings and uniformed personnel from the police and defence,” the police said on its website. 

Police also dropped the advice that Pride and LGBT events across the country be postponed. The recommendation was implemented due to a fear of copycat attacks from PST. 

Decisions on whether it was safe for events to go ahead would be made by local authorities going forward. 

“A national recommendation to postpone Pride events expires. The police districts will themselves make risk assessments related to individual events and handling of large crowds based on the overall threat picture and local conditions,” police director Benedicte Bjørnland said. 

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