A Norwegian man in his 20s was ordered held in jail on Friday after he’d stabbed two teachers at the University of Oslo the day before. State broadcaster NRK reported Friday that the defendant had recently failed a final exam.
He was a student at the university’s pharmaceutical institute, and had reportedly had close contact with both teachers. His two victims, both women, remained in hospital where one of them was recovering from what police called “serious injuries” but no longer life-threatening.
Prosecutor Lisbeth Ravlo Backe told NRK after the court order was issued that police “have a good overview over what happened” when the women were stabbed on university property Thursday, “but it’s too early to go out with more information now.” Classes had just recently resumed after the summer holidays.
The defendant’s attorney said his client denied being guilty of attempted murder, but accepted responsibility for inflicting injuries. The university, meanwhile, was holding information meetings after the attack for both employees and students. “This is dramatic for the University of Oslo, and not least for those who work for this institution and its students,” rector Svein Stølen told NRK.