There were culturally enriched hijinks in the Norwegian city of Lillestrøm last night: high-spirited “youths” mugged, robbed, and beat up passers-by at random near the central train station.
Random beatings in Lillestrøm
Young men of Somali ancestry beat up and robbed random people in Lillestrøm [a city northeast of Oslo] on Friday night. Ugly incidents took place at Lillestrøm train station and at a local gas station. The incident is reminiscent of what is already happening in Oslo.
Beat up random people
A police patrol was called out to Lillestrøm train station after reports of fighting on Friday night.
At the scene they encountered a person with injuries to his face. The blows to the head this person had sustained resulted in four stitches.
“While dealing with this person the police patrol discovered that something was going on inside the train station,” says Øyvind Strømsborg, the operations manager from the Romerike police.
The five suspects, all of Somali ancestry, are aged between 18 to 20 years and registered with addresses in Oslo and Romerike. Police told Romerike Blad [local newspaper] that they believe that this incident is connected with what took place at the Shell gas station that same night.
“We believe that these events are connected, and we are interested in getting in touch with people who may have witnessed the episodes,” says Per Stenslet, who took over as manager of operations on Saturday morning
“These are individuals who beat up and robbed people in Lillestrøm on Friday night,” he adds.
One person was injured inside a Shell gas station in Lillestrøm.
“The man had clearly been in an altercation, received a couple of blows to his face and had his wallet and mobile phone taken away from him,” said Øyvind Strømsborg. The man was taken by ambulance to Ahus [local hospital] for a medical examination.
“We suspect that there are at least two perpetrators, both of foreign origin. According to witness reports one of them was wearing a striped knitted jumper with a blue emblem on it,” says Strømsborg.