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Man arrested for stabbing cops in Norway

A 28-year-old man is being held in a psychiatric unit after seriously injuring two police officers

Man arrested for stabbing cops in Norway
The stabbing occurred in Vennesla's city centre. Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder/NTB Scanpix
Norwegian police said Friday they had arrested a 28-year-old man suspected of stabbing two police officers and seriously wounding them in the small southern town of Vennesla.
 
The motive for the attack was not immediately known. A police spokesman told broadcaster NRK that there were “still some bricks missing” in its investigation into the man's actions. 
 
Hospitalised in the neighbouring town of Kristiansand, the two victims are “in serious condition but their lives are not in danger,” a local police spokesman told TV2 television.
 
The attack took place in the Vennesla town centre, where police arrested the suspect after launching a massive search. 
 
As of Saturday, the arrested man was being held in a psychiatric unit. Police said that he has a previous conviction for a knife-related offence six years ago. 
 
Police said the two victims were plainclothes officers but were wearing symbols denoting them as policemen.
 
This type of violence is extremely rare in the normally tranquil country that has low crime rates.
 
Norwegian police do not normally carry service weapons, but they have been temporarily authorised to do so for the past year because of the heightened risk of a terrorist attack.

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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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