Nine juveniles suspected of robberies

Police in Oslo reported a rash of robberies and attempted robberies over the weekend, mostly at metro stations on the city’s affluent west side. A group of teenage boys threatened and even assaulted other teenagers, before making off with expensive clothing and mobile phones. It’s the latest surge of so-called barneran, often involving minority youth […]

NAV worker killed, another injured

Two women working for Norwegian state welfare agency NAV in Bergen were stabbed by a NAV client on Monday. One later died of her wounds, while the other remains hospitalized. Government minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen called the attacks “deeply tragic,” and sought an evaluation of employee security at NAV offices all over the country. It’s […]

All police get electric shock weapons

The Norwegian government has decided that police on patrol all over the country can now be equipped with electric shock weapons. A pilot program involving special forces and four police districts was such a success that the justice ministry is extending it nationwide on a permanent basis. A ministry evaluation determined that  electric shock weapons, […]

Mass murderer seeks new day in court

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, sentenced to Norway’s longest prison term for killing 77 people in a right-wing terrorist attack 10 years ago, still wants to be released on probation. Prosecutors refused, prompting Breivik to take the dispute back to court.  Norway has no death sentence, no sentence to life in prison and doesn’t prosecute […]

Police probe possible racist attack

A 34-year-old Norwegian man with a long criminal record of violent assaults was in custody this week, charged with attempted murder after shooting two teenagers on board the Mortensrud metro line in Oslo. Both teenagers are Norwegian citizens with immigrant background. Police initially said they were investigating whether the attack on Sunday evening was racially […]

Police warn of serial stalkers in Oslo

At least 17 women have reported being followed and assaulted in the Norwegian capital since May. Police have arrested two suspects tied to four of the cases and were issuing warnings and calling for tips after the latest attempted assault late last week. Most of the incidents have occurred after midnight. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that […]

Four convicted in Prinsdal murder case

The murder of a 21-year-old Oslo man in the city’s Prinsdal district last winter has resulted in four convictions so far. The man who shot Halil Kara in what prosecutors claim resembled an execution was sentenced to 13 years in prison and ordered to pay for Kara’s funeral expenses. The murder outside the Prinsdal Grill […]

Youth gang attacks police

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 […]

Police bust alleged right-wing radicals

Police have seized dozens of weapons and arrested three men from various places around Norway in a case tied to a right-wing radical milieu. Police intelligence agency PST confirmed it was following the case closely but wouldn’t comment further. The arrests come just as Norway is marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack in […]

Police investigate racist vandalism

Police in Oslo are investigating the racist vandalism on Tuesday of a monument to young Benjamin Hermansen, a Norwegian-Ghanaian teenager who was chased down and stabbed to death by neo-Nazis 20 years ago. The vandalism is viewed as a hate crime, and police are taking it seriously on the eve of 10th anniversary memorials to […]