For the second time in as many days, a young teenage girl was the victim of an attempted abduction while walking to school in the region north of Oslo. Police have launched a major investigation to determine whether the two cases are related.
They haven’t found any immediately clear links between the two attacks, “but we’ve already been in contact with the sheriff’s office in Eidsvoll/Hurdal (where the first attack took place) and will work with them to see if there are any common elements in the two cases,” Trond Øren of the Fet og Rælingen sheriffs office told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Friday.
That’s where the latest attack occurred, near Stensrudfeltet in Gansdalen, Fet Township, north of Oslo. A 15-year-old girl was walking to school shortly after 7am when the driver of a grey van stopped and tried to drag her into the vehicle. She fought him off, suffering ripped clothing and abrasions, and managed to run back home. Her parents called the police.
“She’s got scrapes and abrasions but otherwise is in relatively good shape,” said Øren after she’d been taken to a local emergency clinic. Police were then able to question her later in the morning.
The incident followed a similar one on Thursday, when a 13-year-old girl also was the victim of an apparent abduction attempt. She was walking to school in Eidsvoll, also north of Oslo, when a man driving a red delivery truck stopped and tried to drag her into his vehicle. He was described as “European” and 30-40 years old.
The girl also managed to break away, also ripping her clothes in the process and then spraining her ankle as she ran into a nearby forest. She remained hidden there until police found her around 9am, after her school had reported her absence and her book bag was found along the side of the road.
“We have a full investigation underway,” Bjørn Christian Willersud of the sheriff’s office in Eidsvoll told NRK.