Police were describing a stabbing on the streets of Oslo Tuesday morning as a “very serious incident” that only ended after they shot the alleged assailant with an electric shock weapon. They don’t think the violence was terror-related, however.
A major response was mounted after the stabbing in the southern end of the trendy Grünerløkka neighbourhood. Police later arrested the assailant and secured possession of the knife after it had been used to stab a Filipino man in his 30s.
The assailant was described as a Russian citizen with a police record who has lived in Norway for several years. Witnesses said he ran around on the street with a knife in his hand, threatening others. His victim was reported to be seriously injured.
Police alerted the intelligence agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) on what they called a “routine basis,” but also after video of the arrest contains an audible recording of the Russian assailant shouting in Arabic. Police also were investigating whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.