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 person has been apprehended … from the knowledge we now have, this particular person carried out these actions alone,” police chief Oyvind Aas informed reporters.
In keeping with 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 occasions unfolded, it’s pure to evaluate whether or not this can be a terrorist assault,” Aas informed a information convention.
“The arrested man has not been interviewed and it’s too early to say something about his motives.”
Prime Minister Erna Solberg stated the experiences coming from Kongsberg are “horrifying”.
“I perceive that many individuals are afraid, however it’s essential to stress that the police are actually in management,” Solberg informed a information convention late on Wednesday.
The assaults came about over “a big space” of Kongsberg, a municipality of about 28,000 folks, police stated.
Police have been alerted to the assault at roughly 6:30pm native time (16:30 GMT) and arrested the suspect about 20 minutes later. The group is positioned 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 normally are unarmed, however officers have entry to weapons and rifles when wanted.
“That is an additional precaution. The police haven’t any indication up to now that there’s a change within the nationwide menace stage,” the directorate stated in a press release.
Police urged the general public to remain at residence, and several other neighbourhoods have been cordoned off, with tv footage exhibiting 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 printed 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 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 critically injured.
Nonetheless, he had earlier shot lifeless his stepsister, who had been adopted from China, in what prosecutors termed a “racist act”.