OSLO: 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.
Police said they were searching for a second suspect — a woman described as having fair skin, brown hair and wearing a black jacket, around 1.65 metres (5 feet 4 inches) tall and “who appears to be under the influence”.
“We have no information for now indicating that this is terror-related,” Oslo police wrote on Twitter.
According to the TV2 channel, the arrested man is in his 30s and the woman being sought is in her 20s. Both are Norwegian nationals and known previously to the police.
Earlier, police said they had “taken control of an ambulance that was stolen by an armed man”. Police officers had fired shots to arrest the suspect, who was not seriously injured.
“A woman with a pram and an elderly couple were run over or had to throw themselves out of the way” of the stolen vehicle, police said in another Twitter post, adding that the woman and a child were taken to hospital.
Benjamin Herman, a prison inmate out on a 48-hour leave, stabbed two women police officers and used their guns to fatally shoot them and a civilian.
He took another female hostage before he was confronted by the police. In the ensuing gunfire, four police officers were critically injured. The attacker was ultimately shot and killed.
Oslo University Hospital said seven-month-old twins were involved in the incident, one of whom was lightly injured while the status of the other was not yet determined.
Television images showed a damaged pram lying by the roadside, and an upturned traffic sign.
Witnesses cited by public broadcaster NRK said police shot at the tyres of the ambulance and the driver fired back, which police have not confirmed. Pursued by police, the ambulance then crashed into a gate outside a residential building.
Television images showed a heavily damaged ambulance with what appeared to be several bullet holes in the front left door.