Norwegian police arrest gunman after ambulance rampage

Police officers apprehend an armed man who stole an ambulance in Oslo, Norway. (Reuters)
Updated 22 October 2019

Norwegian police arrest gunman after ambulance rampage

  • A woman with a pram and an elderly couple were run over or had to throw themselves out of the way
  • Witnesses cited by public broadcaster NRK said police shot at the tires of the ambulance and the driver fired back

OSLO: Norwegian police said they arrested an armed man who stole an ambulance Tuesday and ran down pedestrians in Oslo, including at least one baby, as the motive was not immediately known.
Police said they were searching for a second suspect — a woman described as having fair skin and wearing a black jacket, around 1.65cm (5 feet 4 inches) and “who appears to be under the influence” — who was thought to be involved in the incident.
“We have taken control of an ambulance that was stolen by an armed man,” Oslo police said on Twitter.
“Shots were fired to arrest the suspect, he is not seriously injured,” they added.
“A woman with a pram and an elderly couple were run over or had to throw themselves out of the way” of the stolen vehicle, police added in another Twitter post.
Norwegian news agency NTB said two seven-month-old twins were in the pram, one of whom was lightly injured and being treated in hospital while the status of the other was not immediately known.
Television images showed a pram lying by the roadside, and an upturned traffic sign.
According to TV2, the arrested man was in his 30s.
Witnesses cited by public broadcaster NRK said police shot at the tires of the ambulance and the driver fired back.
Police had been pursuing the ambulance when it crashed into a gate outside a residential building.
Television images showed a damaged Mercedes ambulance with what appeared to be several bullet holes in the front left door.
The incident took place in a residential neighborhood in northern Oslo. Students at a nearby school and daycare center were ordered to remain indoors.
A large number of police officers, some of them heavily armed, were deployed at the scene.
The suspect’s motive was not immediately known, police said.


Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Updated 16 January 2021

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

  • Two policemen were killed and one wounded
  • The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks

KABUL: A roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle in the Afghan capital killed two policemen Saturday, officials said, as violence continues unabated in Afghanistan despite peace talks between the Taliban and government.
The vehicle carrying the policemen was struck by the bomb in the center of the capital on the road to the prestigious Kabul University, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said.
Two policemen were killed and one wounded, Faramarz said.
Violence has surged across the country in recent months, especially in Kabul which is also rocked by a new trend of targeted killings that has sown fear in the city.
The bloodshed comes even as the Taliban and government negotiators engage in peace talks to end the nearly two decade war in the country.
The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks.