‘At least four people killed’ as man goes on rampage with bow and arrow in Norwegian town
At least four people have been killed and others injured by a man using a bow and arrows to carry out attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg.
Police arrested the suspect after he marauded through the town for 30 minutes firing randomly at victims and are probing a possible terror motive.
‘We can unfortunately confirm that there are several injured and also unfortunately several killed in this episode,’ police official Oyvind Aas told a news conference.
‘The man who committed this act has been arrested by the police and, according to our information, there is only one person involved.’
He declined to comment on the number of casualties but broadcaster NRK reported at least four people had been killed.
Police are investigating a possible motive for the attack, which took place at 18:30 local time in several locations in the town centre of Kongsberg, and have not ruled out terrorism.
Several people were killed and others injured by a man using a bow and arrows to carry out attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday
Arrows were seen littered around Kongsberg on Wednesday following the attack which left several dead and more injured
The attack took place in Kongsberg, a town to the south of the Norweigan capital Oslo
The attacks took place over ‘a large area’ of Kongsberg as the suspect moved through the town, police said. Local media reported the suspect opened fire from inside a Coop Extra supermarket in the town’s west.
Officers have cordoned large areas of the town, a municipality of around 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, 82km (51 miles) from Oslo, and urged the public to stay home.
Television footage showed ambulances, armed police, a helicopter, and bomb disposal team in the area.
Police said the suspect had been taken to a police station in the nearby town of Drammen but gave no other details about the man.
The TV2 station reported that the man also had a knife or other weapons. And the website of public broadcaster NRK published an image sent by a witness of a black arrow sticking out of a wall.
‘There is no active search for other people,’ Aas said.
Unni Grøndal, Oslo police spokesperson: ‘We are helping with national assistance resources such as police helicopters, bomb squads, and crews from the Emergency Response Troop.’
At least eight ambulances and three air ambulances were seen at the scene with the wounded taken to hospital. However the number of wounded, or their condition, were not yet known.
Mayor Kari Anne Sand told VG newspaper: ‘It is a tragedy for all those affected. I have no words.’
Following the attacks, the police directorate said it had immediately ordered officers nationwide to carry firearms. Norwegian police are normally unarmed but officers have access to guns and rifles when needed.
‘This is an extra precaution. The police have no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level,’ the directorate said in a statement.
Norway’s minister of justice and public security, Monica Maeland, has received updates on the attacks and was closely monitoring the situation, the ministry said.
Police confirmed multiple injuries and several deaths after the attack but declined to comment on the number of casualties
Officials are thought to be probing a possible terror motive after the suspect fired at random victims across a ‘wide area’ of Kongsberg
Police dogs were seen combing the scene of the attack in Kongsberg, Norway, on Wednesday evening
Officers have cordoned large areas of Kongsberg, a municipality of around 28,000 people in southeastern Norway
Norway has traditionally been a peaceful nation but has suffered far-right attacks.
Right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik carried out twin attacks that killed 77 people on July 22, 2011.
Breivik first set off a bomb in the capital Oslo next to the building that housed the office of the prime minister, then went on a shooting spree at a summer camp for left-wing youths on the island of Utoya.
In August 2019, self-proclaimed neo-Nazi Philip Manshaus opened fire into a mosque on the outskirts of Oslo before being overpowered by worshippers, with no one being seriously injured.
However, he had earlier shot dead his step-sister, who had been adopted from China, in what prosecutors termed a ‘racist act’.
Several planned jihadist attacks have also been foiled by security services.