Officials claimed a guy armed with a knife attacked passers-by on the streets of Oslo, Norway’s capital, on Tuesday before being shot dead by police.
The suspected attacker was filmed nude from the waist up and carrying a knife, according to Norwegian media. Police initially claimed that passers-by had been injured, but later clarified that only one police officer had been injured.
“We have no evidence that this is related to terrorism,” Senior Police Chief Egil Joergen Brekke said at a press conference.
“To us, this appears to be a one-off act, therefore there is no cause to be concerned about the city’s safety for others.” “This is someone we’ve known in the past and who has a history with us,” Brekke said to reporters.
According to Brekke, the initial reports to the police were about a man with a knife running after another person shortly before 9 a.m. A neighbouring patrol car in Oslo’s Bislett neighbourhood hurried to the situation and attempted to stop the man by running him down before crashing into a building between a flower shop and a cafe to stop him.
According to police spokeswoman Torgeir Brenden, the man was able to open the automobile door.
He stated that “many rounds” were fired at the individual, but did not specify whether the shots were fired by the police officers in the automobile. The perpetrator was brought to a local hospital, where he died, according to Brenden.
Witnesses told Norwegian media that up to six shots were fired.
Brekke said the Norwegian Bureau for the Investigation of Police Affairs is investigating the events, which is standard procedure in Norway when police officers use guns.
“As far as I know, there are no additional injuries,” said Brekke, the police chief.
Five people were killed last month in a small hamlet southwest of Oslo by a man armed with a bow and arrow and a knife.
Jonas Gahr Stoere, Norway’s prime minister, said he understood “very well” why residents found Tuesday’s events to be extraordinary.
“However, when compared to other major European cities, Oslo is a secure place,” he told Norwegian news agency NTB.
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