Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer sent me a tip about a news story in the English-language version of Aftenposten concerning the murder yesterday in Oslo of a woman and her small children. The article is very brief:
Two children and one woman killed
A man has been arrested in connection with the killing of two small children and a woman in Oslo Thursday. Two children and one woman were killed in an Oslo suburb on Thursday.
The victims were found in the area between the leafy suburb of Grefsen and Storo, north of the city centre. The woman was still alive when police arrived at the scene, after having been alerted about a domestic dispute. Initial reports said that several people had been injured after being attacked with a knife.
According to Løland, the victims and the suspect were related. Two other families live in the house.
Police are uncertain about the motive for the killing. A dozen people were taken from the crime scene. Several will be interviewed as witnesses. All will be offered trauma counselling.
Not a whole lot of detail there — no mention of whether or not the killer and his victims were “persons of Norwegian background”.
However, there’s much more to the story than this for those who can read Norwegian. Here’s The Observer’s summary of “The Rest of the Story”:
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In a Norwegian article in VG (tabloid newspaper) it’s revealed that the family is originally from Iraq. The husband was given political asylum in Norway in 1999. The article also reveals that the husband on several occasions left Norway to go abroad after he was granted political asylum. Perhaps he went back to his alleged persecutors in Iraq…?
It’s also revealed that his wife came to Norway on a family reunification visa in 2001, and that she was given a permanent resident visa in 2005.
According to VG, the husband had been abroad for some time, and only arrived back in Norway about three months ago, after being granted a visa at the Norwegian embassy in Teheran on May the 8th of this year.
This Iraqi killer will no doubt claim insanity, and most likely get off the hook, without having to serve any time in jail. The Somali maniac who stabbed six people, and killed a young Norwegian, on a tram in Oslo a couple of years ago never went to jail, and is now free to walk the streets of Oslo.
Oh, and by the way: “The kids were 1 and 5 years old, the woman 34.”