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Man beaten and shoved into car boot in Oslo

A number of witnesses have reported seeing a man being beaten up and bundled into the boot of a car in Oslo’s Grønland district on Thursday morning.

Police said three men shoved the victim into the luggage compartment of a black Mercedes before driving away from the scene shortly after 7am, broadcaster NRK reports.

“We have good contact with the owner of the car, and our preliminary assessment is that this an internal dispute in a criminal environment,” Oslo police investigator Finn Belle told news agency NTB.

He added that the owner of the vehicle is known to the police, though they have not yet found the victim of the abduction.

Police have spoken to several witnesses, one of whom reported shouting at the men to stop before they quickly closed the boot of the car and drove away.

“I heard hysterical screams from the man who was kidnapped. I saw that they beat him and forced him into the boot,” one witness told NRK.

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Two more arrested for suspected involvement in Oslo Pride shooting

Norwegian police said Monday they had arrested two alleged accomplices of the suspect in a June shooting that killed two people in Oslo on the sidelines of Pride celebrations.

Two more arrested for suspected involvement in Oslo Pride shooting

The two suspects were arrested on Sunday in Oslo suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”, the Oslo police said in a statement.

One is a Somali man in his forties, the other a Norwegian in his thirties — both of them known to police. Their identities were not disclosed.

In the early hours of June 25, a man opened fire near a gay bar in central Oslo during celebrations linked to the city’s Pride festival.

The shooting killed two men, aged 54 and 60, and wounded 21 others. Immediately after the shooting, police arrested Zaniar Matapour, a
43-year-old Norwegian of Iranian origin, on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

The new arrests bring the number of people implicated in the attack to four, as Norwegian police announced last week they were seeking another suspect linked to the shooting.

On Friday, Oslo police announced that they had issued an international arrest warrant for Arfan Qadeer Bhatti, a 45-year-old Islamist with a prior conviction, who is also suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”.

“The police still believes Bhatti is in Pakistan,” a country with which Norway has no extradition agreement, police said Monday.

“To ensure the best possible cooperation with the Pakistani authorities, we had Oslo police officers in Pakistan a short time ago,” it added.

According to police, they have not yet had direct contact with Arfan Bhatti but have spoken to his Norwegian lawyer, Svein Holden, and say they expect the legal proceedings in Pakistan to take time.

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