Around 20 people have been arrested and one policeman was sent to the emergency room with injuries after the police took action and stormed the asylum center in Lunner on Thursday.
- The police force has been in action. They have arrested around 20 people so far, and are now working to get an overview of who did what, says operations manager Pål Erik Teigen to the Norwegian newspaper VG.
According to Teigen, none of the offenders are 18 years old, and therefore they can not be put in jail. The officer who is driven to the emergency room, got injured in his hand after he was hit by a stone.
It was around 12 o'clock on Thursday that the police was called to the asylum center, after residents had locked themselves in the gym.
- There is one person who will be reassigned to another center (as he has turned 18), but he has the support of several other people. It has become an acute situation, said the duty officer at the operations center in Vestoppland police.
Just over 14.30 police said that the situation had escalated. Several of the residents threw stones at police and police cars.
Police say the offenders are young men between 17 and 19 years. They did damage to police cars and buildings.
A witness who was on site described a large police presence.
- There were twenty police cars. It was a major police action, he said.
Police was equipped with helmets and protection gear. They also brought dogs.
The asylum center at Lunby opened in October 2013 and is for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers aged 15 to 18 years. In total there are 36 residents at the center.
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