Armed maniac hijacks Oslo ambulance and drives into crowd – twin babies rushed to hospital

Emergency services raced to the scene and are trying to calm the situation in the city. Police said they had arrested a suspect but are hunting a female accomplice. A resident tweeted: "An ambulance was stolen in Oslo and is now out there hitting people." Several people are reported to have been injured. Police have not said if the incident is being treated as a deliberate attack.

Norwegian broadcaster NRK said several people were hit by the stolen ambulance including baby twins and their mother who was pushing them in a stroller at the time.

NRK said police are looking for another person who may have been involved but authorities would not confirm the report.

Police told Norwegian paper VG two people were involved in the hijack and one has been taken into custody.

A nearby primary school is on lockdown as the hunt for the remaining suspect continues.

Roads in Torshov to the north of the Norwegian capital have been closed and a police helicopter is circling overhead.

Police chief Tor Grøttum told NRK: “The situation has not been cleared. We have arrested a man and are searching for a woman.”

Several people have been rushed to hospital including two children, a woman and an older couple.

Oslo University Hospital confirmed two children have been taken to the hospital suffering minor injuries.

The ambulance was stolen from Rosenhoff in the Helsfyr area of Oslo just after 12.30pm local time.

An eyewitness said: “Three or four police cars crashed into the hijacked ambulance.

“Three of the cars were completely destroyed.”

Local media report suggest the two suspects were involved in a car crash and an ambulance was called by a witness.

But when the paramedics arrived at the scene, the pair refused help and instead hijacked the ambulance and sped off.

Police said the couple had the ambulance for around 15 minutes before being apprehended.

A police spokesman said the investigation was still in its very early stages with officers questioning witnesses, securing videos and sifting through other technical clues.

The spokesman said there was no information over whether the incident was terror related but officers are investigating broadly and are not ruling anything out at this stage.

Additional reporting by Amalie Henden

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