Armed man steals ambulance in Oslo, Norway

Armed man steals ambulance in Oslo, Norway

Armed man steals ambulance in Oslo, Norway

An armed man stole an ambulance in Oslo on Tuesday, injuring three people - including two babies - when he drove off and hit a family, Norwegian police and hospital officials said.

The hospital spokesman said the ambulance crew had responded to a routine incident when their vehicle was taken. "We got him now", the police spokesman said. "We are conducting a broad, intensive investigation", the police added in a statement.

"It is, however, too early to say anything about the motive", Lier Mettid told a news conference in the Norwegian capital.

Police also said that they were looking for a woman who "looks drunk" and may have been involved in the incident in north Oslo.

A woman who was pushing the pram and the infants are being treated in hospital, as well as an elderly couple, officers said. The vehicle stopped after being rammed by police.

According to eyewitnesses, the ambulance crashed into a road sign and ran into a baby carriage.

The yellow-and-blue ambulance was stolen after authorities responded to a traffic accident on an Oslo traffic circle in which a auto had turned over.

Television images showed a heavily damaged Mercedes ambulance with what appeared to be several bullet holes in the front left door.

A 25-year-old woman who was a passenger in the overturned auto was later arrested. Both are Norwegian nationals and known previously to the police. "They are twins, seven months old, they are being treated", Oslo University hospital spokesman Anders Bayer told Reuters.

The Aftenposten newspaper also published a photo of a man wearing green pants lying next to a vehicle surrounded by police officers.

Police arrested the man after firing on the vehicle. "It was going at a insane speed", one eyewitness told the paper. "I heard several shots".

A witness told the newspaper he saw "the ambulance driving at high speed toward me ... and right behind a police car".

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