Bislett knife attack: What we know so far

Bislett policePhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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The police shot a man who tried to attack people at Bislett in Oslo. He died of the injuries.

The operations manager Tore Solberg confirmed the information to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Tuesday morning. 

Just before 9 o’clock, the police received a report of a threatening person with a knife at Bislett in Oslo. A police patrol was on the scene shortly afterward. 

“At that point, there was a confrontation with the person, and a threatening situation, where shots were fired,” operations manager Tore Solberg told NTB.

He stated that the person was shot and later taken to Ullevål hospital for further treatment. The man was later confirmed dead.

A police officer was also injured in connection with the incident. The extent of the officer’s injuries is unknown, according to the police.

Active attack

At a press briefing, operations manager Torgeir Brenden in the Oslo police gave more details about the course of events.

He says the person actively tried to attack apparently random people with a knife in the area. Photos from the scene show that a police car was damaged after colliding with a building.

“The police tried to drive him down when he was trying to stab a person. He then attacked the police with a knife. We believe the perpetrator actively tried to get into the police car,” Brenden said.

He added that the police perceived the situation as an ongoing, extremely serious act of violence, and that they did everything in their power to stop it.

“In connection with the arrest, an officer was injured. The person in question is not critically injured,” Brenden stated.

Looking for more injured people

According to Brenden, there is nothing at the moment that indicates that there are more perpetrators.

The police do not yet have a full overview of what happened prior to the confrontation with the perpetrator. Therefore, they are looking for more potentially injured people.

“What we do know is that he was about to attack people on the street when the police arrived. We have not confirmed the identity of the person; this is something we are working on now,” Brenden said.

There are still many patrols in the area, which has been cordoned off. Police believe it will take some time before the area will be reopened to traffic.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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