Norwegian police stated Monday that the 5 victims of final week’s assault have been killed by a “sharp object” utilized by the suspect, not a bow and arrows.
“Sooner or later he discarded or misplaced his bow and arrows,” police inspector Per Thomas Omholt advised reporters.
He stated that throughout the assault within the small city of Kongsberg on Wednesday, the suspect killed “5 folks with a pointy object each in non-public addresses and in public areas”.
Police, who had beforehand stated that the suspect Espen Andersen Brathen was armed with a bow and arrows and two different weapons, didn’t specify the character of the sharp weapons.
The police added that they have been nonetheless interviewing witnesses.
“Every part factors to the victims being chosen at random,” Omholt stated.
In response to the police, a “double-digit” variety of folks have been additionally shot at with arrows at first of the assault, however none have been killed with this weapon.
Throughout police questioning, Brathen has confessed to the 5 killings and to wounding three others.
The 37-year-old Danish citizen has introduced publically that he’s a convert to Islam and police have stated that there had been fears of radicalisation.
He’s being stored in a medical facility pending a psychiatric analysis, which is important to find out whether or not Brathen will be held legally chargeable for his actions.
“So far as motive is anxious, sickness stays the principle speculation. And so far as conversion to Islam is anxious, this speculation is weakened,” Omholt added.
On Saturday, police introduced the identities of the 5 victims, 4 ladies and one man: Andrea Meyer, 52, Hanne Merethe Englund, 56, Liv Berit Borge, 75, Gunnar Erling Sauve, 75 and Gun Marith Madsen, 78.
Brathen had been residing in Kongsberg, residence to about 25,000 folks some 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of the capital Oslo, for years and authorities have stated he has a medical historical past, though particulars haven’t been made public.
The Norwegian safety companies PST, that are chargeable for counter-terrorism, additionally stated the person had been on their radar.
Within the days following the assault police talked about “fears of radicalisation,” courting again to 2020 and earlier than, which they stated had been adopted up on the time.
In response to public broadcaster NRK, a primary warning had been acquired in 2015 and, in response to Norwegian media, PST had warned in 2018 that the suspect may commit “a small-scale assault”.
Information web site Nettavisen additionally revealed a video that Brathen allegedly posted to social media in 2017, by which he issued a “warning” whereas declaring his Muslim religion.
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