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Spaniard dies in horror Norway fjord fall

A Spanish tourist has died after falling from Pulpit Rock, the fjord-side precipice that is one of Norway's most-visited tourist attractions.

Spaniard dies in horror Norway fjord fall
Photo: Pulpit Rock - LC N√łttaasen

“We’ve always feared that this could happen,” Kjell Helle Olsen, a former leader of the local hiking association, Stavanger Turistforening, told Norway's NRK channel. “It’s tragic, but this is something we figured could happen.”

The tourist is thought to be the first person to have fallen from the rock, which hangs some 600 metres above the Lysefjord near Stavanger, despite some 200,000 tourists visiting the site every year.

For more information see The Local Norway
 

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Spain-bound asylum seeker kills three on bus

A man accused of stabbing to death a woman and two men on an express bus in western Norway was an asylum seeker from South Sudan who was due to be deported to Spain on Tuesday.

Spain-bound asylum seeker kills three on bus
Margaret Molland Sanden (19) was one of the people killed in the attack. Photo: Facebook
The 31-year-old, who was living at an asylum reception centre in the Norwegian town of Årdal, was due to be deported to Spain after having his application rejected in June, Norway's VG newspaper reported. 
 
"This person had applied for asylum, and come to Norway in April," a spokesman for Norway's immigration directorate said.
 
"He was rejected in June, and was supposed to be returned to Spain under the so-called Dublin Regulation." 
 
The Dublin Regulation is designed to stop people applying for asylum in multiple European Union member states. Under the system, the country where asylum applicants first arrive in the European Union is responsible for processing their applications.
 
The South Sudanese man is accused of killing the bus driver, Arve Haug Bagn (55) and Margaret Molland Sanden, a 19-year-old biotechnology student at the Oslo and Akerhus University College of Applied Sciences. The third victim, a Swedish man in his 50s, has not been named. 
 

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