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Armed Man Threatens Grímsey Island Residents

The special forces unit was called to Grímsey island, northeast Iceland, on Saturday evening to arrest a drunk man who threatened people with a knife and a rock. The man was sentenced to 20 months in prison in the District Court of Northeast Iceland in early June for three knife stabbings, serious assaults and drug violations.

According to eyewitnesses, the man had been visibly intoxicated and threatened people loudly at the Grímsey camping area on Friday night. Around 6 pm on Saturday he found a knife in a fish factory on the pier, threatened people and tried to stab one man, Fréttabladid reports.

Children were playing and fishermen working at the pier when the incident occurred. The man who the attacker attempted to stab managed to catch the knife. The attacker then grabbed a rock and continued to threaten people for 45 minutes until the special forces unit from Akureyri landed on the island by helicopter and arrested the man.

There was an unusually large number of families on Grímsey last weekend because of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Akureyri Sea Angling Association. Eyewitnesses said people had been very frightened, especially the youngest children.

Head of the local authorities in Grímsey, Gardar Ólason, said people were saddened by the man’s behavior. “We aren’t used to such behavior in Grímsey. This is something that only happens every ten or 20 years.”

The man was taken to the prison in Akureyri. Grímsey island does not have a police department of their own.

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