A man armed with a bow and arrows killed five people and wounded several more, including a policeman, in different central places in the Norwegian city of Kongsberg after which he was arrested shortly after, in an event that is under full investigation, without ruling out any hypothesis about their motivation, including terrorism.
In an appearance tonight before the media, the Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, declared herself “shocked by these horrible acts”, strongly condemned the attack and, like the Police, said that “first we must wait to know more” before to risk “if it is a terrorist act”.
Solberg, who resigned yesterday after the defeat of the Conservatives in the September elections, regretted that despite “the good police work that has been done in Norway” against what he called “organized attacks”, its authors continue to commit this type of attack. attacks.
In those terms, the Minister of Justice, Monica Maeland, also spoke, who made the entire State security infrastructure available to the local authorities.
“The police say they do not know if it is a terrorist act. They are investigating and we are waiting. We cannot comment on details related to the author,” he said.
At the same time, the mayor of Kongsberg, Kari Anne Sand, lamented the “shocking” event “that one could hardly think would happen in Norway” and added that the event occurred “in a district where many people live and many are affected.” .
Oyvind Aas, Chief of Police in Buskerud province, near Kogsbereg, confirmed that five people were killed and that among the injured “there is an officer who was not on duty at the time.”
He added that the assailant was detained approximately half an hour later since the attack began, which he did not rule out that he may be related to “terrorism.”
“It is natural to consider such a possibility, but he has not been questioned and it is too early to reach a conclusion,” he said.
The police for the moment have not given more information about the suspect, with whom the agents would have had a small confrontation before being able to capture him, the Europa Press news agency reported.
The attack, which had several scenarios, began in a supermarket of the Extra chain, as reported by those responsible for the establishment. “We can confirm that there has been a serious incident at our store, but none of our employees have been injured,” the firm said in a statement.
“We are not looking for other people,” Aas added, quoted by the AFP news agency.
According to the TV2 channel, the man also had a knife and several other weapons.
The wounded were transferred to hospitals and at the moment neither their number nor their condition is known.
On Twitter, local police said witnesses saw a man, armed with a bow and arrows, and used them against people, while authorities urged the population to stay indoors.
Several neighborhoods were cordoned off and television images showed a large display of heavily armed police and ambulances.
A helicopter and a demining team were also dispatched to the scene, while the National Intelligence Service (DIS) was alerted.
The public network NRK showed on its website a photo sent by a witness showing a black arrow stuck in a wall.
Following the attack, the Norwegian Police High Command ordered all non-armed officers in the country to carry firearms, as an additional precaution after the attack in Kongsberg.
Norway, a generally peaceful country, has been the scene of far-right attacks in the past.
On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people by detonating a bomb near the government headquarters in Oslo, before opening fire at a Labor Youth gathering on the island of Utøya.
In August 2019, Philip Manshaus fired at a mosque on the outskirts of the capital Oslo, before being subdued by the crowd, without seriously injuring himself.
Before the attack, he shot down his adopted Asian sister for racism.
The authorities have also thwarted several attacks by radical Islamists. (Télam)