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Swedish police duped by 'hijacked bus' stunt

TT/The Local/kh · 5 Mar 2011, 08:48

Published: 05 Mar 2011 08:48 GMT+01:00

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After a 40-minute pursuit covering more than 100 kilometres, police learned that an event company staged the hijacking.

The police found the armed men, the passengers and the bus in a cabin outside Edsbyn, about three and a half hours from Stockholm.

Police seized the weapons and had a serious talk with the “perpetrators,” aged 32- and 53-years-old, and members of the company who hired the kick-off event.

“We are forced to take all such information seriously. You become so disappointed in people who do not think others could be injured in these situations,” Gävleborg police officer Margareta Olander told the local Söderhamns Kuriren (SK) newspaper.

A witness driving in his car behind the bus saw the two armed men stop and ‘hijack’ the bus outside Edsbyn.

“The witness in the car behind the bus was terrified. It's sad how people put others and themselves in danger," said Olander to SK.

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The two men from the event company are now suspected of violating Sweden's weapons laws.

TT/The Local/kh (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:29 March 5, 2011 by mikewhite
"More than 15 squad cars set loose in a high-speed chase" - what is this sentence supposed to mean: "were set loose" like cattle ?

Why not just say "More than 15 squad cars were involved in a high-speed chase" ?
10:28 March 5, 2011 by HeilNizar
mikewhite, that was funny, you really made me laugh, and yes your right, whats with that!
10:35 March 5, 2011 by Stickeroo
The Local....Sweden's news in ENGRISH!
11:51 March 5, 2011 by unseen
@ mikewhite

literally is funny!! but i can take it metaphorically!
12:36 March 5, 2011 by Atlas
Imagine, 15 squad cars kept on leash all times, and one magic big red button that says : Release the hounds, err i meant the cars :D
14:00 March 5, 2011 by SarahPalin
An "event company", I hope they throw the book at this company and make they pay back for the tax money spent as well as a huge fine for taking away 15 squad cars (even if they were on a leash) when those cars and personnel could have been needed elsewhere for real emergencies.
15:44 March 5, 2011 by jimmy1988
They should buy a few lambo´s or ferraris.
19:30 March 5, 2011 by Haubits77B
Well, a Lambo or a Ferrari wouldn´t help in Hälsingland - the roads are like the ones in the Irish contryside. A Landy Defender would be better....
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