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Norway bow and arrow attack leaves five dead and two injured

  • Oct 14, 2021
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Five people have been killed and two more injured in Norway after a man used a bow and arrow to attack them.
Police first received word of an attack in the town of Kongsberg, south-west of the capital Oslo, at 18:13 local time (16:13 GMT).
A Danish man aged 37 has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack.
Police believe he acted alone, and will investigate whether it was an act of terrorism, a spokesman said.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg said reports of the incident had been "horrifying".
"I understand that many people are afraid, but it's important to emphasise that the police are now in control," she told a news conference, hours before she was due to leave office.
The attacker is said to have launched the assault inside a Coop Extra supermarket on Kongsberg's west side. One of those injured was an off-duty police officer who was in the shop at the time.
A spokesperson for the chain later confirmed a "serious incident" at their store, adding that none of their staff were physically injured.
Local police chief Oyvind Aas confirmed that the attacker had managed to escape an initial confrontation with police before an arrest was finally made at 18:47 local time, 34 minutes after the attack began.
Solberg, Norway's outgoing PM, said: "A man has killed several people in Kongsberg and several are injured. Police confirm that the perpetrator has been arrested. As far as the police know now, the perpetrator was alone. It is important to emphasise that there is much we do not know yet. It is too early to say anything about the motive behind the actions, but the police are considering whether it is a terrorist act.
"The messages coming from Kongsberg tonight are gruesome. The perpetrator has carried out horrific acts against several people. It is a very dramatic situation that hits the community in Kongsberg hard. The events shake us.
"I understand that many are afraid. Therefore, it is important to emphasise that the police are now in control of the situation. Our thoughts go first and foremost to those affected and to those closest to them."