A person armed with a bow and arrows killed 5 individuals and wounded two others in southeastern Norway on Wednesday, police stated, including that they’d arrested the suspect.
The motive for the assault, which came about in a number of places within the city centre of Kongsberg, was unknown, however police stated terrorism couldn’t but be dominated out.
Police official Oyvind Aas stated he might “sadly affirm” that 5 individuals have been lifeless. The 2 wounded have been in essential care items in hospital however their lives didn’t seem like at risk, he instructed a information convention.
One of many wounded was an off-duty police officer who had been in a retailer, one among a number of locations attacked.
“The person who dedicated this act has been arrested by the police and, based on our data, there is just one particular person concerned,” Aas stated. He added that “given how occasions unfolded, it’s pure to evaluate whether or not this can be a terrorist assault”.
“The arrested man has not been interviewed and it’s too early to say something about his motives,” he stated, including that “all prospects have been open”.
The TV2 channel stated that the alleged attacker is a Norwegian and has a medical historical past — data that the authorities didn’t affirm.
A lady who witnessed among the assault, Hansine, instructed TV2 she had heard a disturbance, then noticed a lady taking cowl and “a person standing on the nook with arrows in a quiver on his shoulder and a bow in his hand”.
“Afterwards, I noticed individuals operating for his or her lives. Considered one of them was a lady holding a baby by the hand,” she stated.
Police stated the suspect had been taken to a police station within the close by city of Drammen however gave no different particulars concerning the man, together with whether or not he had beforehand been identified to authorities.
Police have been knowledgeable of the assault at 6:13 pm (1613 GMT) within the city of 25,000 individuals round 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of the capital Oslo. The suspect was arrested at 6:47 pm.
“These occasions shake us,” stated Prime Minister Erna Solberg on her final day in workplace.
On Thursday, she is going to hand over the prime ministership to Jonas Gahr Retailer, whose Labour Social gathering gained parliamentary elections.
In Kongsberg, police blocked off the scene of the assault whereas urging the general public to remain at dwelling.
Tv footage confirmed ambulances and armed police within the space. A helicopter and bomb disposal crew have been additionally despatched to the scene.
Police within the Scandinavian nation should not usually armed, however after the assault the Nationwide Police Directorate ordered that officers be armed nationwide.
Norway’s intelligence service PST had been alerted, spokesman Martin Bernsen instructed AFP. “It’s all conjecture for the time being,” he stated when requested about the potential of a terrorist motive.
The web site of public broadcaster NRK printed a picture despatched by a witness of a black arrow protruding of a wall.
In different footage what seemed like competition-grade arrows could possibly be seen mendacity on the bottom.
Norway not often experiences such violence, however 10 years in the past far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 individuals within the nation’s worst bloodbath since World Warfare II.
Breivik first set off a bomb in Oslo subsequent to the constructing that housed the workplace of the prime minister, then went on a taking pictures spree at a summer season camp for left-wing youth on the island of Utoya.
In one other right-wing assault, self-proclaimed neo-Nazi Philip Manshaus opened fireplace right into a mosque on the outskirts of Oslo in August 2019 earlier than being overpowered by worshippers, with nobody significantly injured.
Nonetheless, he had earlier shot lifeless his step-sister, who had been adopted from China, in what prosecutors termed a “racist act”.
A number of deliberate jihadist assaults have additionally been foiled by safety providers.