Minutes after burning a Quran on the outskirts of Oslo, the leader of an extremist Norwegian anti-Islamic group was in a spectacular car chase and collision on Saturday.
Norwegian police said they had arrested two people, including a car driver, accused of deliberately hitting the SUV of Lars Thorsson, the leader of the radical group “Stop the Islamization of Norway” (SIAN).
Police said five passengers in the SUV suffered minor injuries, one of whom required hospital treatment.
A video posted to Facebook shows Thorsson and other activists driving with a large Muslim community for the first time in Mortensrud, a suburb of Oslo.
A handful of activists then placed a burning Quran in the middle of a small square, initially managing to push back locals who tried to douse the flames.
An angry crowd gathered, including a woman who grabbed a lit book before boarding a gray Mercedes.
SUVs of anti-Islam activists dressed in camouflage robes left the scene. But seconds later, it was overtaken by Mercedes, who first hit it lightly and finally hit it at speed, causing the vehicle to overturn.
The whole episode was shot by someone in the next car.
The incident comes a week after a gunman killed two people and injured 21 others in central Oslo.
Norway’s domestic intelligence service described the attack as “an act of Islamic terrorism”.
Scandinavian far-right anti-Islam activists have characterized the burning of the Quran in recent years in neighborhoods with large Muslim populations.