A tragic and unusual event occurred this Wednesday in the city of Kongsberg, in Norway, when a man armed with a bow killed and wounded several people at whom he shot arrows.
The police have decided to temporarily arm all police officers in Norway tonight due to the violent incident of which the victims have not been specified. There are several injured and also dead, Police Chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters, without providing details at the moment.
The attacks occurred in “a large area” of Kongsberg, a municipality of about 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, authorities said. Local media point out that the incidents took place in a supermarket of the Coop Extra chain, in the center of that city.
“The man has been arrested (…) that is the information we have now, this person carried out these actions alone,” Aas said.
Justice Minister Monica Mæland has been briefed on the case. Many resources were sent from various locations, including the Oslo Police District and national assistance resources.
We help with national assistance resources, such as police helicopters, bomb squads and teams from the Emergency Response Troop, detailed a spokesman for the Oslo police district. The situation is confusing, but we are following it closely, Kongsberg Mayor Kari Anne Sand told NRK.
“It is very uncomfortable. I am in shock and I have tears in my eyes. It is really unpleasant that this is happening in little Kongsberg, ”lamented a neighbor from the area where the events occurred.
The authorities do not yet have sufficient information to know if it was an attack with terrorist purposes. “Time will tell,” Aas told a news conference when asked about a possible terrorist connection.
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