A person armed with a bow and arrows killed 5 individuals and wounded two others in southeastern Norway on Wednesday, police stated, including that that they had arrested the suspect.
The motive for the assault, which passed off 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 may “sadly verify” that 5 individuals have been useless. The two wounded have been in essential care items in hospital however their lives didn’t look like at risk, he advised a information convention.
One of the wounded was an off-duty police officer who had been in a retailer, considered one of a number of locations attacked.
“The man who dedicated this act has been arrested by the police and, in keeping with our data, there is just one individual concerned,” Aas stated.
He added that “given how occasions unfolded, it’s pure to evaluate whether or not it is 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 potentialities 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 verify.
– ‘Running for his or her lives’ –
A girl who witnessed a few of the assault, Hansine, advised 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. 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 in regards to the man, together with whether or not he had beforehand been recognized 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’s going to hand over the prime ministership to Jonas Gahr Store, whose Labour Party received parliamentary elections.
In Kongsberg, police blocked off the scene of the assault whereas urging the general public to remain at residence.
Television footage confirmed ambulances and armed police within the space. A helicopter and bomb disposal staff have been additionally despatched to the scene.
Police within the Scandinavian nation should not usually armed, however after the assault the National Police Directorate ordered that officers be armed nationwide.
Norway’s intelligence service PST had been alerted, spokesman Martin Bernsen advised AFP.
“It is all conjecture in the mean time,” he stated when requested about the potential of a terrorist motive.
– Arrow sticking in wall –
The web site of public broadcaster NRK printed a picture despatched by a witness of a black arrow protruding of a wall.
In different photos what seemed like competition-grade arrows could possibly be seen mendacity on the bottom.
Norway hardly ever 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 War 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 time 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 severely injured.
However, he had earlier shot useless his step-sister, who had been adopted from China, in what prosecutors termed a “racist act”.
Several deliberate jihadist assaults have additionally been foiled by safety companies.
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