Copenhagen: A person armed with a bow fired arrows at buyers in a small Norwegian city Wednesday, killing 5 individuals earlier than he was arrested, authorities mentioned.
The police chief in the neighborhood of Kongsberg, close to the capital of Oslo, mentioned there was “a confrontation” between officers and the assailant, however he didn’t elaborate. Two different individuals had been wounded and hospitalized in intensive care, together with an officer who was off obligation and contained in the store the place the assault passed off, police mentioned.
“The person who carried out the act has been arrested by the police, and there’s no lively seek for extra individuals. Based mostly on the data now we have, there’s one individual behind this,” Police Chief Oeyving Aas mentioned.
Performing Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the assault as “grotesque” and mentioned it was too early to take a position on a motive. The prime minister-designate, Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is anticipated to take workplace Thursday, referred to as the assault “a merciless and brutal act” in feedback to Norwegian information company NTB.
Police had been alerted to the assault round 6:15 PM. And arrested the suspect about half-hour later. The neighborhood of some 26,000 inhabitants is about 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo.
Based on police, the suspect walked round downtown Kongsberg taking pictures arrows. Aas declined to touch upon reviews that the person used a crossbow, saying solely there have been “a number of crime scenes.” The person has not been questioned but, Aas mentioned.
Norway’s home safety company PST was knowledgeable of the assault.
City officers invited individuals who had been affected by the assault and their kinfolk to assemble for assist at a neighborhood lodge.
Mass killings are uncommon in Norway. The nation’s worst peacetime slaughter was on July 22, 2011, when right-wing extremist Anders Breivik set off a bomb within the capital of Oslo, killing eight individuals. Then he headed to tiny Utoya Island, the place he stalked the largely teen members of the Labor Occasion’s youth wing and killed one other 69 victims.
Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in jail, the utmost beneath Norwegian regulation, however his time period may be prolonged so long as he is thought-about a hazard to society.