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Kongsberg: Several killed in Norway bow and arrow attack


Five people have been killed and two more injured in Norway after a man used a bow and arrow to attack them.

At around 18:13 p.m. local time, police received word of an attack in the town of Kongsberg, south-west of Oslo (16:13 GMT).

Chief Oeyvind Aas stated that a suspect had been apprehended and appeared to have acted alone.

According to a police spokesman, the incident will be investigated to see if it was a terrorist act.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the incident as “horrifying.”

“I understand that many people are afraid, but it’s critical to emphasise that the police are now in control,” she said at a news conference, according to Reuters.

The assault is said to have started inside a Coop Extra supermarket on Kongsberg’s west side. An off-duty police officer who was in the shop at the time was among those injured.

A spokesperson for the chain later confirmed a “serious incident” at their location, but added that no employees were physically injured.

The attacker reportedly confronted the police before being apprehended at 18:47 p.m. local time.

According to the AFP news agency, one witness said she heard a commotion and saw a woman take cover, followed by a “man standing on the corner with arrows in a quiver on his shoulder and a bow in his hand.”

“Following that, I saw people fleeing for their lives. One of them was a woman who was holding a child’s hand “She continued.

Officers are also looking into whether the attacker used other weapons during the incident, according to Chief Aas.

The suspect moved across a wide area, and authorities have cordoned off several areas of town. Residents were ordered to remain indoors while authorities investigated the scene and gathered evidence.

The suspect has since been taken to a police station in Drammen. He has yet to be interrogated.

Dozens of emergency vehicles, including ambulances, police cars, and helicopters, are on the scene.

Norway’s Justice Minister, Monica Maeland, has been informed and is closely monitoring the situation, according to a tweet from the ministry.

As a precaution, the country’s police directorate has ordered that all officers carry firearms throughout the country. Typically, police officers in the country are not armed.

“The police have no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level,” the directorate said in a statement (in Norwegian).

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