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Three people stabbed in attack in southern Norway

A man from Syria is suspected of stabbing his wife and another man on Friday in an attack in a quiet rural village in Norway, police said.

Pictured is the intersection where the incident is said to have taken place.
Police confirmed they have apprehended the suspect. Pictured is the intersection in Numedal where the incident is reported to have taken place. Photo: Screengrab from Google Maps.

Police originally said the suspect appeared to have chosen his victims “at random”, but later confirmed that he was married to the woman.

The stabbings took place in the valley of Numedal, Viken County, around 80 kilometres from the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

The incident took place near a bus stop in Nore og Uvdal, a town of fewer than 3,000 people in the Numedal valley in south-eastern Norway. The suspect was arrested at the scene. Both victims were flown to hospital, the woman in a critical condition. The other man, whose relationship to the attacker was not known, was lightly injured, police said.

“We can confirm that there is a family relationship between the perpetrator and the one stabbed. This is a family from Syria and the perpetrator and one of the injured are married,” Police inspector Odd Skei Kostveit said in a statement. 

Broadcaster TV2 reports that the incident occurred near a convenience store in the valley and just by a bus stop.

“Something has happened at the intersection by the store. There are several air ambulances on-site and several ambulances. It seems serious,” a witness who didn’t want which to be named told TV2.

The attacker was restrained by passers-by before police arrived, police said. Norwegian media said a coach driver and high-school students managed to pin him down before police, ambulances and ambulance helicopters arrived at the scene.

Police were notified of the incident just before 9am, and the suspect was arrested between 10-15 minutes later, Kai Redalen, chief of the local fire brigade, told TV2.

The police referred to what they call a PLIVO emergency, meaning an ongoing violent event where lives could be in danger.

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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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