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Norway police: Bus hijacker from South Sudan suspected of killing 3 was due to be deported

  • A bus stands on a roadside after hijacking in Aardal, western Norway, early Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. A knife-wielding man hijacked the bus and killed the driver and two passengers before he was detained by authorities, officials said. Police gave few details about the suspect, but described him as a local resident originally from South Sudan. (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Cornelius Poppe) NORWAY OUT

    A bus stands on a roadside after hijacking in Aardal, western Norway, early Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. A knife-wielding man hijacked the bus and killed the driver and two passengers before he was detained by authorities, officials said. Police gave few details about the suspect, but described him as a local resident originally from South Sudan. (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Cornelius Poppe) NORWAY OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Emergency personnel surround a helicopter near the site of a bus hijacking in Aardal, western Norway, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. A knife-wielding man on Monday hijacked a bus and killed three people on board, including the bus driver, police said. The suspect, described as a man in his 50s, was arrested after the attack in Sogn and Fjordane county, local police said. (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Egil Jorgen Lund) NORWAY OUT

    Emergency personnel surround a helicopter near the site of a bus hijacking in Aardal, western Norway, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. A knife-wielding man on Monday hijacked a bus and killed three people on board, including the bus driver, police said. The suspect, described as a man in his 50s, was arrested after the attack in Sogn and Fjordane county, local police said. (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Egil Jorgen Lund) NORWAY OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Police investigators stand outside a bus after hijacking in Aardal, western Norway, early Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. A knife-wielding man hijacked the bus and killed the driver and two passengers before he was detained by authorities, officials said. Police gave few details about the suspect, but described him as a local resident originally from South Sudan. (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Cornelius Poppe) NORWAY OUT

    Police investigators stand outside a bus after hijacking in Aardal, western Norway, early Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. A knife-wielding man hijacked the bus and killed the driver and two passengers before he was detained by authorities, officials said. Police gave few details about the suspect, but described him as a local resident originally from South Sudan. (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Cornelius Poppe) NORWAY OUT  (The Associated Press)

Norwegian police say that a knife-wielding man who allegedly stabbed three people to death during a bus hijacking in rural Norway had been due to be deported on Tuesday.

Police spokeswoman Eli Anne Tvergrov says the 31-year-old suspect from South Sudan had been living at a reception center for asylum seekers in the nearby small town of Aardal and was due to be arrested and sent to Spain to have his application for asylum reviewed there.

The man allegedly hijacked the bus on Monday, killing the other occupants, two men in their 50s — the Norwegian bus driver and a Swedish male passenger — and a 19-year-old Norwegian woman. The man was arrested.

Tvergrov said Tuesday that the motive for the attacks is still unclear.