A Danish man who’s in custody in Norway suspected of a bow-and-arrow assault on a small city that killed 5 folks and wounded two others is a Muslim convert who had beforehand been flagged as having being radicalized, police mentioned Thursday.
“There earlier had been worries of the person having been radicalized,” Police chief Ole B. Saeverud instructed a information convention.
The victims have been 4 ladies and one man between the ages of fifty and 70, Saeverud mentioned.
The person is suspected of getting shot at folks in a lot of places within the city of Kongsberg on Wednesday night. A number of of the victims have been in a grocery store, police mentioned.
Norwegian information company NTB cited police as saying the suspect additionally used different weapons.
There was “a confrontation” between officers and the assailant in reference to the arrest, police mentioned however gave no particulars.
Each the hospitalized victims are in intensive care. They embrace an off-duty police officer who was inside the shop. Their situation was not instantly identified.
Police mentioned officers responding to the incident have been additionally shot at with arrows.
The suspect is being held on preliminary expenses, which is a step in need of formal expenses. Police imagine he acted alone.
Police have been alerted to the assault round 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and arrested the suspect about half-hour later.
Police spokesman Oeyvind Aas mentioned that “we are going to return to a extra detailed description of the course of occasions when we have now a greater overview of what occurred.”
“It goes with out saying that this can be a very severe and in depth state of affairs, and it naturally impacts Kongsberg and those that stay right here,” he mentioned.
Prime Minister-designate Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is anticipated to take workplace later Thursday, referred to as the assault “horrific.”
“That is unreal. However the actuality is that 5 folks have been killed, many are injured and plenty of are in shock ,” Gahr Stoere instructed Norwegian broadcaster NRK on Thursday.
U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres wrote on Twitter that he was “shocked and saddened by the tragic information coming from Norway.”
City officers mentioned the principle church was open to anybody in want of assist.
Kongsberg, a small city of some 26,000 inhabitants, is about 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo.