OSLO (Reuters) - Twenty-three people were wounded when a gang of 40-50 men armed with steel bars and machetes attacked residents at a refugee centre in Norway late on Thursday, officials said on Friday.
No one was seriously wounded, but 10 were sent to hospital and 13 treated at a local clinic, hospital officials said.
An official at the centre in Oestfold south of Oslo said the attackers were Chechens and the victims Kurds. Police declined to confirm or deny that and said they had made no arrests so far.
“There was an attack from outside the asylum centre by people who don’t live here, Chechens, 40 to 50 men armed with steel bars and other weapons,” Ole Morten Lyng, an official at the centre, told NRK public radio news.
“There also seem to have been knives involved,” Lyng said. “They went into the rooms and pulled out Kurds and beat them up.”
A police officer said some of the attackers had machetes.
Lyng told Norwegian news agency NTB that the conflict stemmed from a minor dispute between Kurds and Chechens at the centre that got blown out of proportion.
Reporting by John Acher; editing by Elizabeth Piper
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