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Teenager held after fatal stabbing

A 16-year-old boy in the small town of Vinstra was in police custody on Thursday, charged with stabbing a 16-year-old girl to death and wounding a man who police believe tried to intervene. The stabbing late Wednesday afternoon occured in a residential area of Vinstra, where both lived.

Police wouldn’t immediately reveal the relationship between the two 16-year-olds. The wounded man was taken to hospital in Lillehammer, southeast of of Vinstra.

“This is a deeply tragic situation that hits us very hard,” Vinstra Mayor Rune Støstad told state broadcaster NRK. “Everyone knows everyone here, and this will be difficult for a small community like ours. Three families are affected.”

Around 2,600 people live in Vinstra. A crisis team was quickly established and students arriving at the local high school were met by both psychologists and police Thursday morning. The school also re-opened Wednesday evening to serve as a gathering place for mourners.

Police said the 16-year-old assailant was arrested at the scene and that they had the murder weapon in their possession. State investigators were summoned from Oslo to assist them in the murder case. staff



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