Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A massive brawl in the town of Lillestrøm, northeast of Oslo, has been linked to a feud between two Afghan immigrant families


Police wouldn't comment on what was behind the brawl that left one 45-year-old man with life-threatening injuries. Newspaper Romerikes Blad, however, reported that the brawl erupted after a fight between two 16-year-old boys from two Afghan families.

"All of my closest family members have been arrested," one of the teenagers told the paper's web site rb.no. "This is about my own and my family's honor."

It started with a violent quarrel outside a fast-food restaurant in Storgata (Main Street) in Lillestrøm on Friday evening. That culminated with one of the boys making indecent remarks about the other boy's sister.

On Saturday morning, representatives of both families reportedly agreed to take up the quarrel at 6pm at Nebbursvollen. Around 30 people using both knives and other weapons were involved in what developed into a massive street fight.

The 45-year-old who was critically injured is the father of one of the boys, reported Romerikes Blad.

Around 23 persons were arrested in connection with the brawl. Several nationalities were involved.

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