OSLO: A person armed with a bow and arrows killed 5 folks and wounded two others in southeastern Norway on Wednesday, police mentioned, including that they’d arrested the suspect.
The motive for the assault, which passed off in a number of areas within the city centre of Kongsberg, was not but identified, however police mentioned terrorism couldn’t but be dominated out.
“We will sadly verify that there are a number of injured and likewise sadly a number of killed on this episode,” native police official Oyvind Aas advised a information convention.
“The person who dedicated this act has been arrested by the police and, in line with our info, there is just one particular person concerned.”
Police mentioned 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.
“There isn’t any lively seek for different folks,” Aas mentioned.
At a later press briefing, Aas mentioned 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 mentioned, including that “all potentialities have been open”.
Norway´s intelligence service PST had been alerted, spokesman Martin Bernsen advised AFP.
“It’s all conjecture in the intervening time,” he mentioned when requested about the potential of a terrorist motive.
The TV2 station reported that the person additionally had a knife or different weapons.
The wounded have been taken to hospital. Nevertheless, police haven’t mentioned how many individuals have been damage or given particulars of their situation.
The assault began shortly earlier than 6:30 pm (1600 GMT) and was described as masking a big a part of Kongsberg. The suspect was arrested at 6:47 pm, police mentioned.
– Arrow sticking in wall –
Police urged the general public to remain at dwelling and several other neighbourhoods have been cordoned off, with tv footage displaying ambulances and armed police within the space.
Police within the Scandinavian nation are usually not usually armed, however after the assault the Nationwide Police Directorate ordered that officers be armed nationwide.
A helicopter and bomb disposal crew have been additionally despatched to the scene.
The web site of public broadcaster NRK printed a picture despatched by a witness of a black arrow protruding of a wall.
Norway has historically been a peaceable nation however has suffered far-right assaults.
Proper-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik carried out twin assaults that killed 77 folks on July 22, 2011.
Breivik first set off a bomb within the capital 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 youths on the island of Utoya.
In August 2019, self-proclaimed neo-Nazi Philip Manshaus opened hearth right into a mosque on the outskirts of Oslo earlier than being overpowered by worshippers, with nobody being significantly injured.
Nevertheless, he had earlier shot useless 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 companies.