Three people killed in Norway bus hijacking

November 4, 2013 | By | Reply More

Nov 04, – An attack on a bus in western Norway by a man wielding a knife has left three people dead, including the driver. The motive of the attacker, thought to be in his 50s, was not immediately clear.

hromedia Three people killed in Norway bus hijacking eu crisis2The incident occurred on a remote mountain road on Monday near the town of Ardal, about 220 kilometers (137 miles) northwest of Oslo. Emergency services said they were originally called to respond to what they believed to be a traffic accident.

Firefighters were the first to respond to the scene and detained the assailant until police arrived. Police spokesman Odd Arne Solvag said the suspect was not ethnic Norwegian, but could not provide details on where he was from. The motive for the attack remains unclear.

The bus was driving a long-distance route between the mountainous Valdres region, a popular skiing destination, and Oslo.

Anti-terror unit called off

Oslo police were preparing to send an anti-terror unit to the scene, but they were called off after receiving word the attacker had been taken into custody.

“The situation was very unclear,” said Oslo police spokesman Andre Krakenes. “They only told us that there was one man on the bus who had hijacked the bus and the driver was hurt. That was the first message we got here.”

Multiple killings are extremely rare in Norway. The country was left shocked by rightwing extremist Anders Behring Breivik’s gun and bomb rampage two years ago that left 77 people dead.

Press coordinator for HRO media – Norberto Lluch contributed to this report.

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