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Norway bow and arrow attacks: Man charged after five killed in Kongsberg before ‘confrontation’ with police

Police in Norway say they have charged a man after five people were shot dead and two others – including an off-duty police officer – were injured in a series of bow and arrow attacks.

The incidents took place in the town of Kongsberg, 51 miles (82km) southwest of the capital, Oslo.

There was a confrontation with officers and the man tried to run away before he was arrested, the police chief said.

In a statement, police said the suspect was a 37-year-old Danish citizen who lives in Kongsberg. No other details have been released.

Norway map of bow and arrow attacks location

Norwegian broadcaster NRK reported that the suspect has cooperated with police and gave detailed information to officers about what had happened, according to his lawyer.

As well as the five killed, two other people were wounded and are in intensive care, including an officer who was off duty and inside the shop where the attack took place, police said.

The death toll was the worst of any attack in Norway since 2011, when far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people, most of them teenagers at a youth camp.

The attacks are related to a Coop Extra supermarket in the town centre and Coop spokesman Harald Kristiansen said: “We can confirm that there has been a serious incident in our store and that none of our employees are physically injured.

“We are now concerned with following up our employees, and beyond that, we refer to the police investigation.”

Police were called to the incident, in the centre of Kongsberg, at 6.30pm on Wednesday with additional resources sent from other areas, including Oslo.

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Police helicopters at scene of bow and arrow attacks

Police believe the man acted alone
Police believe the man acted alone

Police chief Oeyvind Aas told a news conference: “A man was apprehended at 6.47pm. From the information we have at the moment, one person committed this act alone.”

“It is natural to consider whether it is an act of terrorism,” he said, but it is “too early to come to any conclusion”.

Kongsberg 20211013..An arrow stands in a wall after a person has moved around with a weapon that is said to have been an arrow and a bow in Kongsberg center..Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
Five people were killed and two others injured in the attacks. Pic: AP
Police chief Oyvind Aas said there was 'major police activity' in the area
Police chief Oeyvind Aas said there was ‘major police activity’ in the area

The attacks took place over a “large area” of Kongsberg, a municipality of around 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, police said.

Kongsberg 20211013..The police are investigating in Kongsberg center after a serious incident..Photo: H..kon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
Police have cordoned off areas of the town. Pic: AP

“There is still a lot of police activity in the area,” said Chief Aas. “This is because the perpetrator has moved across a large area, and we are now working, among other things, to secure clues and gather as much information as possible about what has happened.”

The injured people have been taken to hospital and Kongsberg council’s crisis team is giving help to those who need it.

Kongsberg 20211013..The police are investigating in Kongsberg center after a serious incident..Photo: H..kon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
A suspect has been apprehended by police. Pic: AP

Unni Grondal, Oslo police spokesperson, said: “We are helping with national assistance resources such as police helicopters, bomb squads, and crews from the emergency response troop.”

Norway’s minister of justice and public security, Monica Maeland, has been informed and is closely monitoring the situation.

Local media reported a large area on the west side of the town had been cordoned off, with investigations now under way.

Norwegian police – who normally do not carry guns – have been ordered to temporarily arm themselves.

The Norwegian police directorate said: “This is an additional contingency measure. The police do not yet have any concrete indications that there is a change in the threat level in the country.”

An investigation is now underway
An investigation is now under way

Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the attack “gruesome” and said it was too early to speculate on the man’s motive.

She added: “The perpetrator has carried out horrific acts against several people. The incident has shaken us.”

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