Police in Oslo claim they’ve never dealt with so many stabbings as during this past week. Two more plus one threatened attack were reported after two fatal stabbings earlier in the week.
On Thursday, a 23-year-old woman was stabbed several times in an apartment building on Kirkeveien. A 24-year-old man was arrested in the case, which occurred at around 3am.
A man in his late 40s was also attacked on a street in Oslo’s Tøyen district. He suffered severe head wounds in the attack on Sigurds Gate, and police later arrested a man said to be his assailant. “It looks like this was a conflict between two people who knew each other,” Roar Hansen of the Oslo Police District told news bureau NTB.
A bus driver was also threatened with a knife while driving through Sinsen late Wednesday night. A 39-year-old man was arrested but police were unsure whether the threatened stabbing was part of an attempted robbery or whether the attacker was unstable.
Meanwhile, the 55-year-old man arrested and charged with fatally stabbing two people in Oslo earlier this week reportedly has been unable to respond to police questioning. His defense attorney believes he’s mentally unstable and he has since been sent to hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
The 55-year-old had lived in Oslo for several years but is a Tunisian citizen and had been expelled from Norway following several criminal convictions. He had managed to avoid deportation and even had claimed unemployment benefits. Police were investigating why he hadn’t been sent out of the country and why state welfare agency NAV wasn’t informed of the deportation order.