Not less than 5 folks have been killed and two injured in Norway by a person wielding a bow and arrows, police mentioned Wednesday night.
The assault started after 6 p.m. native time at a grocery store within the city of Kongsberg close to the capital Oslo, the place the suspect shot arrows at buyers and passersby, a police spokesman mentioned.
A person suspected of being the attacker has been arrested, and police are investigating his motive, in accordance with Police Chief Øyvind Aas.
The 2 injured folks, one in every of whom is an off-duty police officer who occurred to be on the grocery store on the time of the assault, are being handled at a close-by hospital, Mr. Aas mentioned. The suspect acted alone and hasn’t but been questioned, he added.
“It’s pure to contemplate whether or not it’s an act of terrorism [but] it’s too early to make any conclusions,” Mr. Aas mentioned in a televised information convention.
He mentioned the suspect was arrested about half-hour after police acquired the primary report of the assault. Officers who made the arrest fired warning pictures earlier than apprehending the suspect, Mr. Aas mentioned.
“We’ve got been shaken by this incident…the studies coming in are grotesque,” Norway’s prime minister,
advised reporters on Wednesday evening.
Elements of Kongsberg, a ski resort, have been cordoned off by police, and a tactical unit specializing in terrorist assaults and hostage conditions was deployed. Helicopters circled above the city and dozens of ambulances have been seen at what police mentioned have been quite a few crime scenes.
Native media broadcast pictures of arrows embedded in partitions of buildings or mendacity on the pavement the place the assault unfolded.
Cops throughout the nation, who’re usually unarmed, have been ordered to hold weapons whereas on responsibility after the assault. A police spokesman mentioned the measure was a precaution and never a results of any intelligence about heightened danger ranges.
Norway has restrictive gun-ownership legal guidelines that ban personal possession of automated weapons, however hunters and sport shooters are allowed to personal sure kinds of handguns and rifles in the event that they receive a firearms license, which requires a clear police file.
Norway, one of many world’s most prosperous and low-crime nations, has been hit by mass shootings within the current previous. In 2019, a gunman opened fireplace in a mosque close to Oslo however nobody was injured as a result of worshipers shortly overpowered the person.
In 2011, far-right extremist
Anders Behring Breivik
killed 77 folks in and round Oslo, most of them teenage attendees of a summer time camp organized by a center-left occasion.
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