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Norwegian police arrest gunman after ambulance hijacked

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A man, prone on the ground, is arrested by police after hijacking an ambulance in Oslo, Norway on Tuesday.

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Norwegian police said they arrested an armed man who stole an ambulance in Oslo on Tuesday, then ran down and slightly injured four pedestrians, including twin babies.

His motivations were not immediately known, but the Oslo police said on Twitter they had “no information for now indicating that this is terror-related.”

“What was the purpose? What was the motive? We cannot answer this at such an early stage of the investigation,” senior Oslo police officer Grete Lien Metlid said at a news conference.

Police confirmed they had also arrested a woman linked to the male suspect accused of attempted murder.

Prior to the rampage, the pair — who both have criminal records — had been involved in another accident, during which their vehicle overturned.

When emergency services arrived at the scene, the man stole the ambulance while the woman fled.

“According to testimonies and observations, the suspect deliberately drove on the sidewalk to randomly hit victims,” Oslo Police Deputy Commissioner Johan Fredriksen said.

The incident took place in a residential neighborhood in northern Oslo. Students at a nearby school and daycare center were ordered to remain indoors for hours.

During his rampage, the man hit a woman with a baby stroller carrying seven-month-old twins, and an elderly couple had to throw themselves out of the way.

The woman and the babies had to be taken to a hospital, but escaped without any severe injuries.

“Fortunately we can now confirm that the two twins ... are considered to have minor injuries,” the Oslo University Hospital said in a Twitter post.

The man also fired a gun from behind the wheel of the ambulance at the officers dispatched to stop him.

After the ambulance crashed into a building, police arrested the 32-year-old Norwegian man who was already known to police.

Officers later also detained the woman, a 25-year-old Norwegian who appeared to be “under the influence” at the time of the first accident.

Investigators said they had found two firearms, one shotgun and an Uzi submachine gun, and suspected narcotics at the scene where the ambulance was stolen.

In their attempts to stop the driver, police opened fire several times and the ambulance then crashed into a gate outside a residential building.

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