Man found murdered in Oslo car boot

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was found dead in the luggage compartment of a car in Oslo on Thursday evening.

Man found murdered in Oslo car boot
Police inspector Hanne Kristin Rohde attends Friday's press conference (Photo: Morten Holm/Scanpix)

The owner of the vehicle, a man from Aurskog-Høland,has been reported missing.

”We don’t know the identity of the man who was found dead but we do have information we can work with. We hope to have an identity over the course of the day, or tomorrow at the latest,” said police inspector Hanne Kristin Rohde at a Friday press conference.

A police spokesman said the owner of the vehicle was reported missing on Thursday night.

”His wife contacted the police,” Einar Svendsen told newspaper Romerikes Blad.

The woman was not known to the police, Svendsen added.

Hanne Kristin Rohde said police had not yet ascertained how long the body had been in the car, or for how long the car had been parked at Sondrevegen in Montebello, western Oslo.

”We’re very interested in getting tips from members of the general public who may have seen something unusual in the area at any time over the last week. The fact that we’re going back a week is a bit of a shot in the dark since there’s much we don’t yet know,” said Rohde.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out later on Friday or on Saturday, Rohde said.

The dead man’s body was found at 9.30pm on Thursday, three hours after a neighbour contacted the police to report a car that had been parked in a turning area.  

Police continued to work at the scene all through the night.

”Personal injuries and finds made at the site led us to open a murder investigation,” said Rohde.

The car in which the body was found was a station wagon, police said, without revealing any further details.

One person living in the area said the car had been parked illegally in a turning area for several days, newspaper Dagbladet reports.

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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.