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Man charged with murder at asylum center

Police in Bergen had a refugee from Afghanistan in custody on Wednesday, charged in the murder of another man at an asylum center in the Fana district of Bergen A third person was also seriously injured in the violence that erupted at the center at midday on Tuesday.

The dead man, a resident at the Ny-Paradis Asylum Center from Somalia, suffered multiple stab wounds. The asylum center is part of the Ytrebygda state receiving center for asylum seekers, and housed 20 persons awaiting  a decision on their applications for protection.

Another resident from Eritrea told local media that he had lived at the center for nine months and couldn’t remember any quarreling or violence before. It’s been a problem at other centers around Norway, though, often sparked by frustration over months or even years of waiting for decisions on their fate or by disappointment and anger over rejected applications.

Police brought in 13 residents for questioning and they have the status of witnesses in the case. Police also recovered what they believe was the weapon used in the stabbings.

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