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KIDNAPPING

Norwegian police in Sweden to question killer

Norwegian police arrived in southern Sweden on Tuesday to extradite the Swede who killed his ex-girlfriend and left her in an abandoned cottage in Norway on Sunday, after having kidnapped her and their son.

“It’s completely unfathomable. We had no idea,” the man’s family told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The man, who was on the run from police after the kidnapping, was discovered on Monday around 3.30am by Swedish police at a car park in Växjö, southern Sweden.

The man’s clothes were covered in blood and he was asleep, together with his child, in the car.

The 45-year-old man was immediately arrested and he confessed to murdering the missing woman, and was able to point out where police would find the body.

The body of the woman was found in an abandoned cottage, in Grøn-kjaer, not far from the man’s house in Norway.

The 45-year-old man, who underwent continued police interrogation in Sweden on Tuesday, is now suspected of murder.

Police have not disclosed any details about the cause of the woman’s death, but Norwegian police said that a forensic investigation is underway.

The motive behind the murder also remains unclear, although an Aftonbladet source has pointed to a child-custody dispute.

The 11-month-old boy has been handed over to social authorities, and it remains unclear of who will take care of him in the future.

The 26-year-old woman had reported the man in summer for harassment.

Norwegian authorities are expected to request his extradition to Norway.

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BABY

Swedish police deliver baby in back seat of car

Two Swedish police officers assisted in a very special roadside delivery over the weekend when they helped a mum give birth to a baby girl in the middle of the night.

Swedish police deliver baby in back seat of car
This is not the baby in the story. Photo: Jurek Holzer/SvD/SCANPIX

Police officer Petter Kesselmark described the unusual incident which saw him and his colleague Stina Strömberg flagged down by a nervous soon-to-be dad at a roundabout in Norrköping, eastern Sweden, in the early hours of Sunday.

“There was a car parked on the roadside and a man was waving frantically at us. The back door was open and I said to my colleague: do you think there's a birth about to happen?” he told regional newspaper Corren.

But the pair quickly sprang into action when they realized that was in fact the case.

“There were only minutes left so my colleague took care of the woman and we came up with a blanket, while I talked to the emergency services and a midwife on the phone and could pass on that everything was cool and all we had to do was receive the child,” said Kesselmark.

The healthy baby girl was born inside the car at 12.07am. An ambulance which arrived at the scene minutes later took the mother and the newborn to hospital for a check-over.

A while later they got a visit from their unexpected helpers.

“They were so happy and we felt honoured to have been part of this and to have shared it with them. We walked around with big smiles on our faces later, said Kesselmark.