Several young Norwegians faced charges of assaulting police officers on Tuesday, after a group of as many as 20 to 30 youth attacked police in the Mortensrud district of Oslo Monday night. The attack was connected to the police officers’ arrest of two suspects in a criminal case.
The officers had arrived at an outdoor location in Mortensrud to arrest the two when they were attacked by the youth, most of whom were aged 15 to 20. “During the arrest procedures, they were attacked by 20 to 30 youth who started throwing things at the police and then resorted to physical assault,” police operations leader Gjermund Stokkli told newspaper VG. “The police on patrol pulled out their batons and that set off more fights.”
He said that one police officer was hit in the face but suffered no serious injury. More police arrived at the scene quickly and gained control over the situation. “No one was arrested right then, but we know who many (of the assailants) are,” Stokkli said told VG. Charges will be filed against them.”
The two people who were the targets of the initial arrests were taken into custody.