Man uses ambulance to go on rampage in Oslo

Updated October 23, 2019

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Police cars are seen at the scene where an armed man stole an ambulance in Oslo, Norway on October 22, 2019, in this image taken from social media. — Eirik Befring via Reuters
Police cars are seen at the scene where an armed man stole an ambulance in Oslo, Norway on October 22, 2019, in this image taken from social media. — Eirik Befring via Reuters

OSLO: An armed man stole an ambulance in Oslo on Tuesday, lightly injuring five people including two babies in an apparent attempt to target pedestrians, said Norwegian police and hospital officials. The man was apprehended after police shot at the vehicle, police said, adding the suspect was not critically injured.

Police said the suspect had appeared to deliberately hit pedestrians, and that they had found a significant amount of what appeared to be illegal drugs following the arrest, as well as a shotgun and an Uzi semiautomatic weapon.

“Two babies were injured after the hijacked ambulance hit a family. They are twins, seven months old, they are being treated,” said Oslo University hospital spokesman Anders Bayer.

“There is nothing to indicate that this incident is terrorism related,” Oslo police operations leader Erik Hestvik told reporters. The police added in a statement: “The investigation is still in an early phase ... We are conducting a broad, intensive investigation.”

Published in Dawn, October 23rd, 2019