A 37-year-old Danish citizen is suspected of killing 5 folks with a bow-and-arrow and different weapons within the Norwegian city of Kongsberg in a uncommon incident of mass killing in Norway, police stated on Thursday.
Two folks, together with an off-duty police officer, had been wounded in the Wednesday night assaults, which came about in numerous areas within the city, 68 km (42 miles) southwest of the capital, Oslo.
The man, who was held in custody, had cooperated with police and implicated himself within the assaults, though he has not but entered a plea.
“He is admitting to the facts of the case,” police lawyer Ann Iren Svane Mathiassen informed information company NTB.
“We’ll have to see if he also pleads guilty,” she later informed non-public broadcaster TV2.
Police officers examine after a number of folks had been killed and others had been injured by a person utilizing a bow and arrows to hold out assaults, in Kongsberg, Norway, October 13, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS
The man was believed to have been performing alone, police stated. They stated nothing a couple of doable motive.
“This very serious situation is of course making a deep impression on Kongsberg and those who live here,” district police chief Oeyvind Aas stated in a press release.
The dying toll was the worst of any assault in Norway since 2011, when far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 folks, most of them youngsters at a youth camp.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres stated he was shocked and saddened by the information. “My thoughts are with the victims’ loved ones and all the people of Norway at this very difficult moment,” he stated in a tweet.
The police stated they had been giving data on the person’s nationality after rumours swirled on social media about folks not linked to the assaults.
Norway’s incoming prime minister, Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is because of take energy on Thursday after successful a normal election final month, stated he had been saved knowledgeable by the outgoing authorities.
“What we’ve learned from Kongsberg bears witness of a gruesome and brutal act,” Stoere stated in a press release to information company NTB.
The assaults went on for greater than half an hour over a “large area” of Kongsberg, together with at a Coop Extra grocery retailer, the Aftenposten newspaper cited police as saying.
A girl living near the shop stated she had heard alarms as she was strolling home.
“I saw a group of police officers, including one who held several arrows in his hand,” the lady, Marit Hoefle, informed the newspaper.
Investigators are contemplating whether or not the assaults amounted to an act of terrorism and stated they might give extra particulars of the incident afterward Thursday.
Police had been interrogating the suspect and he was cooperating, his defence lawyer stated.
“He is cooperating and is giving detailed statements regarding this event,” lawyer Fredrik Neumann informed public broadcaster NRK.
Images from one of many crime scenes confirmed an arrow that seemed to be caught within the wall of a wood-panelled constructing.
About 28,000 folks dwell within the Kongsberg municipality.
Following the assaults, the police directorate stated it had ordered officers nationwide to hold firearms. Norwegian police are usually unarmed however officers have entry to weapons when wanted.