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The Foreigner Norway bus hijacker charged, emergency services hampered. UPDATED: The South Sudanese man in his 30s has been arrested and indicted for the killing of the three victims. Emergency services' faced challenges and failures in procedures in reaching the scene, it transpires. They were two men in their 50s – the bus driver from Valdres and a Swedish national – as well as a 19-year-old girl The knifeman, who was born in 1982, is believed to be an asylum seeker who was due to be expelled from Norway today, according to VG.

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Norway bus hijacker charged, emergency services hampered

Published on Tuesday, 5th November, 2013 at 09:20 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 8th November 2013 at 15:31.

UPDATED: The South Sudanese man in his 30s has been arrested and indicted for the killing of the three victims. Emergency services' faced challenges and failures in procedures in reaching the scene, it transpires.



They were two men in their 50s – the bus driver from Valdres and a Swedish national – as well as a 19-year-old girl

The knifeman, who was born in 1982, is believed to be an asylum seeker who was due to be expelled from Norway today, according to VG.

It is thought he came to Norway earlier last year, and his application for asylum was rejected in June.

As reported, it was firefighters who arrived first at the scene. Armed with hammers and a powder fire extinguisher, they managed to capture the perpetrator.

There were other crucial issues that formed part of the incident.

According to regional health authority Helse Førde, the sequence of events started by the first call to Førde hospital being made at 17:21, and the incident was first reported as being a traffic accident.

"The scope was then unknown, and mobile coverage in the area was poor. A total of 27 phone calls to the emergency medical number 113 came in in the ensuing period," they write.

Five ambulance crews plus air and rescue ambulance personnel from several places were warned of or underway in time between 17:29 and 17:31.

"AMK (emergency medical line operations) notified the fire department at 17.33, police at 17.35. All emergency agencies must be notified without delay regarding accidents," states Helse Førde. "In retrospect of the alarm, the health authority sees nofiying the other emergency agencies should have been done earlier."

Telling NRK they believe not adhering to procedures had any negative consequences, they say they will be thoroughly reviewing what happened.

At the same time, road works on the way to the murder scene prevented police from getting there quickly. Officers were forced to make a detour and drive 89 kilometers, arriving some 1 hour and 14 minutes after first receiving the call.

At yesterday’s press conference, Sogn og Fjordande District Chief of Police Ronny Iden responded to the question regarding the response time, saying, “of course we can say it was inadequate in such a tragic case as this.”

“However, we don’t [yet] know anything more about the circumstances surrounding it.”

National Crime Service (Kripos) personnel were conducting their investigations at the crime scene. Police blocked off large areas around the bus, which has now been moved. 

Lit candles were placed outside the town hall and community centre in Årdalstangen. 

Conservative (H) Prime Minister Erna Solberg and former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Labour (Ap), have both expressed their condolences on Twitter. 

"Tonight, my thoughts go out to the families and relatives of the victims in Årdal, employees of the bus company, and the local community in mourning," she tweeted.

Mr. Stoltenberg’s said "My thoughts go out to those tonight who have lost loved ones after the bus hijacking in Sogn and Fjordane."


Published on Tuesday, 5th November, 2013 at 09:20 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 8th November 2013 at 15:31.

This post has the following tags: norwaybushijacking, bushijackingvictims.





  
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