Simultaneous stabbings set off alarms

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Police in Oslo were mounting a massive response Wednesday morning after two people were reported stabbed at separate locations within a half-hour. Both victims, one a man and the other a woman, died of their wounds.

The first report came in at 7:38am, that a woman had been stabbed outside the garage area of a housing complex at Manglerud in eastern Oslo. She was declared dead at the scene by ambulance personnel.

Police received another report shortly after 8am, that a man had been stabbed on Breigata, a street in Oslo’s Grønland district downtown. He was rushed to hospital but declared dead on arrival.

The two stabblings prompted police to call out “all available resources” in their emergency response. Streets were cordoned off, numerous patrol cars were dispatched and the Oslo police quickly received assistance from the Follo Police District just south of Oslo to check cars driving out of the city. A screening station set up on the main E6 highway, but it was dismantled later in the morning.

Police also claimed they were too busy to respond to inquiries from media outlets, but promised to hold a press conference sometime later in the day.

The sought tips from the public via social media, though, and asked possible witnesses to call the police at 22-66-96-00.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that police were investigating possible connections between the two fatal attacks. There were no arrests as of 10:25am on Wednesday.

(This story will be updated.)

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund