Two others have been injured within the assaults by a person within the southeast Norwegian city of Kongsberg, native police say.
A person armed with a bow and arrows has killed 5 folks and injured two others within the southeastern Norwegian city of Kongsberg, native police stated.
The suspect was arrested, police stated, however the motives behind the assaults on Wednesday stay unclear.
“The man has been apprehended … from the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone,” police chief Oyvind Aas informed reporters.
According to police, the suspect walked across the metropolis taking pictures at folks with arrows. Norwegian police stated they’ll examine whether or not the assault amounted to an act of terrorism.
“Given how events unfolded, it is natural to assess whether this is a terrorist attack,” Aas informed a information convention.
“The arrested man has not been interviewed and it is too early to say anything about his motives.”
Prime Minister Erna Solberg stated the experiences coming from Kongsberg are “horrifying”.
“I understand that many people are afraid, but it’s important to emphasise that the police are now in control,” Solberg informed a information convention late on Wednesday.
The assaults passed off over “a large area” of Kongsberg, a municipality of about 28,000 folks, police stated.
Police have been alerted to the assault at approximately 6:30pm native time (16:30 GMT) and arrested the suspect about 20 minutes later. The neighborhood is situated 80km (49 miles) southwest of the capital Oslo.
Police stated 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.
The TV2 station reported that the person additionally had a knife or different weapons.
Police ordered to hold firearms
Following the assaults, the police directorate stated it had instantly ordered officers nationwide to hold firearms. Norwegian police often are unarmed, however officers have entry to weapons and rifles when wanted.
“This is an extra precaution. The police have no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level,” the directorate stated in an announcement.
Police urged the general public to remain at home, and a number of other neighbourhoods have been cordoned off, with tv footage displaying ambulances and armed police within the space. A helicopter and bomb disposal crew have been additionally despatched to the scene.
Public broadcaster NRK’s web site revealed a picture despatched by a witness of a black arrow protruding of a wall.
Armed violence is uncommon in Norway, however the nation has suffered far-right assaults.
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 prime minister’s workplace, then went on a taking pictures spree at a summer season camp for left-wing youths on the island of Utoya.
In August 2019, self-proclaimed neo-Nazi Philip Manshaus opened fireplace right into a mosque on the outskirts of Oslo earlier than being overpowered by worshippers, with nobody being significantly injured.
However, he had earlier shot lifeless his stepsister, who had been adopted from China, in what prosecutors termed a “racist act”.