Two cops stabbed in Norway, man arrested: Police

Police work at the scene where two police officers were stabbed in Vennesla, some 350 km south west of Oslo on Nov 20, 2015.
Police work at the scene where two police officers were stabbed in Vennesla, some 350 km south west of Oslo on Nov 20, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

OSLO (AFP) - Norwegian police said on Friday (Nov 20) they had arrested a man suspected of stabbing two police officers and seriously wounding them in the small southern town of Vennesla.

The motive for the attack was not immediately known.

Hospitalised in the neighbouring town of Kristiansand, the two victims are "in serious condition but their lives are not in danger," a local police spokesman told TV2 television.

The attack took place in the Vennesla town centre, where police arrested the suspect after launching a massive search.

"We have no information" on his motive, the police spokesman said.

Police said the two victims were plainclothes officers but were wearing symbols denoting them as policemen.

This type of violence is extremely rare in the normally tranquil country that has low crime rates.

Norwegian police do not normally carry service weapons, but they have been temporarily authorised to do so for the past year because of the heightened risk of a terrorist attack.