Asylum murder suspect held in custody

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An 18-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan, charged with murdering two other young asylum seekers in Trondheim earlier this week, has been ordered held in police custody while also recovering from a gunshot wound sustained while police were trying to arrest him. A fourth young Afghan man who was seriously injured in the attacks, has been released from hospital.

Police have been unable to start questioning the defendant because of his condition. He was put into an articial coma at St Olavs Hospital in Trondheim after the double homicide and assault Monday evening, but was woken up from it on Wednesday.

His motives for stabbing and assaulting his victims with a hammer remain unknown. The attack, which occurred where all four had been living in the center of Trondheim, has stunned the central Norwegian city and raised new questions about the care of underage asylum seekers who have arrived in Norway alone after fleeing their homelands.

newsinenglish.no staff