Norwegian woman ‘lucky’ to survive Swedish axe attack

UPDATED: Swedish police have arrested two people after an elderly Norwegian couple were attacked in Värmland near Sweden's border with Norway. Police said the woman was lucky to survive a blow to the back of the head with an axe as it connected with the blunt side.

Norwegian woman 'lucky' to survive Swedish axe attack
A file photo of an axe not related to the story. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

“The woman was extremely lucky. He threw the axe full force, with both hands from six meters away and hit her on the back of the head. If it had rotated half a turn it would have connected with the sharp edge,” Värmland police duty officer Christer Magnusson told news agency TT.

Police describe the incident as entirely coincidental. The couple were driving through Töcksfors in Värmland when a car approached from behind and tried to overtake them on the inside. Instead of passing them, it drove straight into a lamppost.

The couple stopped and a man rushed out from the crashed car, opened the door of their vehicle, and began to attack the driver. The Norwegian woman fled her vehicle and was chased into a nearby candy store, where one of the attackers threw an axe at her.

Her husband subsequently ran into the store and was threatened with a knife several times.

The three attackers, two men and a woman, then took took the Norwegian couple’s car and disappeared from the scene in the direction of Norway. The couple escaped without any serious injuries.

“They (the attackers) never drove over the border. Norwegian customs claim they didn’t cross the border, so we’re looking for them,” duty officer Magnusson explained on Tuesday morning.

Later in the afternoon police confirmed that they had arrested two people and were still looking for the third.


Young man shot and killed close to Grønland subway station in Oslo

A man in his 20s was shot and killed close to Grønland subway station in Oslo early Sunday morning. The police have brought in two people for questioning.

Young man shot and killed close to Grønland subway station in Oslo

The man who was shot was initially attended to by health personnel at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.

One person was reportedly seen running away from the scene of the crime.

Police task leader Rune Hundere told news bureau NTB that the police have reason to believe that there is a relationship between the perpetrator and the man who was shot and killed.

He added that the deceased is a man in his 20s.

“We have spoken to some witnesses, but not many have seen the incident. We are working on mapping out the video surveillance at the site,” operations manager Line Skott in the Oslo Police District said.

Two people brought in for questioning

The police have deployed large resources to search for the perpetrator.

At 9 am, Renate Medby in the Oslo police announced that two people had been brought in for questioning, according to the newspaper VG.

“We do not think this is a case of a random shooting, so considering the information we have, there is no reason to believe that there is a danger to the public in the area,” Skott added.