Kongsberg – In the Norwegian city of Kongsberg, southwest of Oslo, a man with a bow and arrow killed at least five people and injured two others.
The Norwegian police announced this at a press conference on Wednesday evening. Police chief Øyvind Aas said the crime took place in the center of the city. The first reports were received by the police at 6.13 p.m.
The perpetrator is in police custody, but the situation was still confusing late on Wednesday evening.
The attacker is said to have been to several places in the city, including a grocery store. Øyvind Aas: “He moved over a large area, there are many crime scenes.” About three hours after the crime, it was still unclear exactly where he attacked people in the sparsely populated area – Kronsberg has an area of almost 800 square kilometers.
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According to a TV2 report, the man also had a knife and possibly several other weapons with him. The perpetrator fled before he could be arrested shortly after 7 p.m. He is now in the prison in the city of Drammen. The police did not provide details of the arrest.
The police assume that it is a lone perpetrator. There is no search for further perpetrators.
The injured were taken to the hospital. Initially, there was no clear information on exactly how many victims there were. But around 11:30 p.m. local time, police chief Øyvind Aas confirmed: Five people were killed in the murder. Two others were injured – including a police officer.
The motive is so far unclear. According to the police, it was still too early to answer the question of whether it could have been a terrorist-motivated act.
A large number of armed security guards and ambulances could be seen on television. A helicopter and a bomb disposal team were also deployed in downtown Kongsberg.
Mayor Kari Anne Sand agreed like “Verdens Gang”: “It is a tragedy for all concerned. Words fail me. ”A crisis team was set up to help relatives and those affected.
Kongsberg is a popular ski resort. The city is located around 80 kilometers southwest of Oslo and has a population of just under 28,000.
Bad memories of the Breivik case
Norway experienced the worst terrorist attack in modern history ten years ago. On July 22, 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb hidden in a white van in the government district of Oslo, killing eight people in the process.
He then drove to the island of Utøya, about 30 kilometers away, where he pretended to be a police officer and opened fire on the participants in the annual summer camp of the youth organization of the Social Democratic Labor Party.
69 people, mostly teenagers and young adults, were killed on Utøya. Breivik named right-wing extremist and Islamophobic motives for his actions. He was sentenced to a long prison term in August 2012.