Norway remains one of the most murder-free countries in the world. But that hasn’t stopped the homicide rate from climbing for the first time in 15 years.
The number of homicides rose eight percent last year in the Norweigan city of Oslo. The city where the queen and royal family live is one of the safest places in the world, and homicides are rarely reported. But Oslo police knew that a high murder rate might be linked to a party where members of a Russian Orthodox choir performed, according to Euronews. The choir had a large Christmas party in their synagogue. After the party, at the end of December, one choir member was found dead on a couch.
In Norway, there are no publicly available statistics to track possible linked cases, because they are mainly done away from the public eye. But Euronews obtained Oslo police documents, which showed that at least two other people also died from stabbing wounds related to the party. The police are looking for a suspect, who appears to be in his late 20s or early 30s. He is described as around 180 pounds with dark skin, a thin beard and dark hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants and white socks with a white Fäviken crew neck shirt.
In addition to the choir member, two other choir members were injured in the attack.
A second stabbing occurred in November in southern Norway, near the capital Oslo. The attacks surprised Norway’s police, according to Reuters.
“It was completely unexpected,” Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said. “It was a situation where we had people in the crossfire.”
SOURCE: Euronews.com | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty