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Three killed after man armed with knife hijacks bus in Norway

The identity of the suspect, who was himself injured according to Norwegian media, as well as the motives for the attack were not immediately clear.

Norway (File photo)
Norway (File photo)
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A KNIFE-WIELDING man hijacked a bus in western Norway and killed three people on board, including the bus driver, police have said.

The suspect, described as a man in his 50s, was arrested after the attack in Sogn and Fjordane county, local police said.

Authorities first got reports of injuries in connection with a bus accident and rescuers from the fire department were the first to arrive on the scene, police spokesman Odd Arne Solvag said.

He said the rescuers apprehended the suspect who was later arrested by police. Solvag said the suspect was not an ethnic Norwegian but could not give details on where he was from.

The motive was not immediately clear.

Oslo police was getting ready to send an anti-terror unit to the scene aboard army helicopters but called off the deployment after receiving reports that the suspect had been arrested.

“The situation was very unclear. 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,” Oslo police spokesman Andre Krakenes said.

Multiple killings are rare in Norway, though the country was shocked by its worst peacetime massacre two years ago when a right-wing extremist killed 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage.

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