Oslo Chief of Police announces crackdown on criminal circles in the capital

Beate GangåsPhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB
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In ten weeks, eight young men have been shot in the capital. The Chief of Police in Oslo Beate Gangås is now announcing fierce efforts against the criminal circles in the city.

Since the end of August, eight young men have been shot in Oslo. All of them were shot in public.

“It has been the case, over a time, that we have identified lines of conflict in criminal environments. That is what you can now see in the public space, which ends up with shootings,” she said.

Gangås confirmed that the level of conflict among the criminal circles in the capital has escalated. At the same time, she understands that people in Oslo are worried that they will end up involved in a shooting incident. 

Police: Situation not out of control

She says that the situation will not get out of control.

“That is why we are so keen to implement significant measures now when we see that this has escalated,” she noted.

In recent years, the police in Oslo have cracked down harder on carrying weapons in public places. The threshold for what is characterized as attempted murder and not gross violence or bodily harm has also been lowered.

“We look at carrying weapons in a public place very strictly and ask for severe penalties,” Gangås noted.

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

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