Norway’s police intelligence agency PST has confirmed that it has dropped terror charges against a 20-year-old Russian man who stabbed a woman in an Oslo grocery store in January. The man has been committed to hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
The man had shouted that “all Christians should be killed,” and made his stabbing attack look like a pre-meditated assault by an Islamist extremist. He has since been deemed mentally unbalanced and suspected of suffering from schizophrenia.
Newspaper Aftenposten reported that PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) no longer suspects the young man of being behind what was initially considered to be the first random attack by an Islamic terrorist in Norway. PST’s formal charges against him have since been withdrawn.