Oslo police spent three nights in a row during the long holiday weekend dealing with violent teenagers on the city’s east side. On Monday came reports of a car being set on fire and a fire set on the grounds of a local day care center.
“Both fires were reported during the night,” Cathrine Sylju, operations leader for the Oslo Police District, told news bureau NTB on Monday morning. “We think it’s the same gang acting up again.”
The trouble began late Friday night, when emergency vehicles were summoned to the Vestli district of Oslo. They’d received reports of garbage being set on fire, and when firefighters arrived both they and police were hit by rock-throwing teenagers.
On Saturday night there were more garbage fires reported along with other objects being set ablaze on the pedestrian footbridge near the Vestli metro station. When firefighters arrived they were once again assaulted with rocks as were police and a private security guard’s vehicle, which gang members tried to hit with a 15-kilo stone as it drove under the bridge.
The attacks set off a major search that involved use of the Oslo Police District’s helicopter. Three teens, one aged 17 and the two others aged 18, were arrested on suspicion of arson and assaults on police officers.
Police also sent out patrols after more reports of fires late Sunday night. “First they lit a mound of paper piled up on a car,” said Sylju. A new search for culprits was unsuccessful and there were no additional arrests.