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Belgian defense officials apologize for brawl

Belgian defense officials were apologizing to their Norwegian hosts this week after several Belgian soldiers were involved in a mass brawl outside a pub in Åndalsnes last weekend. One Norwegian resident wound up in hospital in Molde with serious injuries.

As many as 30 people were involved in the brawl between locals and the visiting soldiers, who are in Norway for allied winter training exercises and housed at the Setnesmoen base for home guard forces in the Romsdal region. Local newspaper Åndalsnes Avis reported that a Belgian battalion of parachuters tied to Belgian Special Operations Forces were in Norway to take part in Arctic training with the Møre og Fjordane Home Guard.

It remained unclear how or why the fight started but Norwegian police arrested and questioned four Belgian soldiers. State broadcaster NRK reported that they were later charged with assault before being released into the custody of the Belgian division at Setnesmoen, where they were being held in isolation but would be made available for more questioning if needed.

Belgian officers told news bureau NTB that it regretted the incident, claiming that “undermines our international reputation.” The police investigation into the brawl was continuing. staff



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