Armed man steals an ambulance and runs down pedestrians before being shot in Oslo

An armed man stole an ambulance in Oslo today and ran down several people including twin babies in a pushchair before being shot by police.

A number of people were hit, including a woman holding a pushchair, shortly after 12.30pm today before Norwegian officers fired at the vehicle and arrested the driver, who was not critically injured.

Footage showed an ambulance driving in the Torshov neighbourhood of Oslo while several gunshots rang out. 

It is not known at this stage if the incident is terror related or not.  

An armed man who stole an ambulance in Oslo and ran down several people including twin babies in a pushchair has been shot by police

An armed man who stole an ambulance in Oslo and ran down several people including twin babies in a pushchair has been shot by police

An armed man who stole an ambulance in Oslo and ran down several people including twin babies in a pushchair has been shot by police

Footage showed an ambulance driving in the Torshov neighbourhood of Oslo while several gunshots rang out

Footage showed an ambulance driving in the Torshov neighbourhood of Oslo while several gunshots rang out

Footage showed an ambulance driving in the Torshov neighbourhood of Oslo while several gunshots rang out

A number of people were hit, including twin babies in a pushchair, shortly after 12.30pm today before Norwegian officers fired at the vehicle and arrested the driver, who was not critically injured

A number of people were hit, including twin babies in a pushchair, shortly after 12.30pm today before Norwegian officers fired at the vehicle and arrested the driver, who was not critically injured

A number of people were hit, including twin babies in a pushchair, shortly after 12.30pm today before Norwegian officers fired at the vehicle and arrested the driver, who was not critically injured

Television images on local media showed an overturned pram lying by an upturned traffic sign.

Police shot at the tyres of the ambulance and the driver fired back, witnesses told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The suspect is thought to have crashed his car, then when an ambulance arrived at the scene, crawled from the upturned wreckage and stole the emergency vehicle, according to police.

After fleeing initial crash he reportedly then struck several people, including a pushchair with seven-month-old twin babies inside, who were with their mother at the time.

An Oslo University hospital spokesman said: ‘Two babies were injured after the hijacked ambulance hit a family. They are twins, seven months old, they are being treated.’ 

A police spokesman said on Twitter: ‘We are in control of an ambulance that was stolen by an armed man.

‘Shots were fired to stop the perpetrator, he is not critically injured.’

Police declined to comment on reports they are looking for another person and have not said whether the incident was being treated as a deliberate attack. 

The also police declined to say how many had been hit by the vehicle or if anyone had died from their injuries.

‘An armed man stole an ambulance, drove away and hit some people. We got him now,’ the police spokesman told Reuters.

The Aftenposten newspaper published a photo showing a man wearing green trousers, lying next to the vehicle surrounded by police officers.  

NRK said police were looking for a woman who may have been involved, but authorities would not confirm the report.  

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