Bow and Arrows Attack in Norway Leaves at Least Five Dead, Two Injured

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Suspected criminal arrested after attack near Oslo

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According to police chief Oyvind Aas, a man suspected of being the attacker has been arrested and police are investigating his motive.

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Mr Aas said the two injured people, one of whom is an off-duty police officer who was in the supermarket at the time of the attack, are being treated at a nearby hospital. He said the suspect acted alone and has not been questioned yet.

“It is natural to consider whether this is an act of terrorism” [but] It is too early to draw any conclusions,” Mr Aas said in a televised news conference.

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He said the suspect was arrested about 30 minutes after the police first received information about the attack. The arresting officers fired warning shots before apprehending the suspect, Mr Aas said.

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg told reporters on Wednesday night: “We are shocked by this incident.

Parts of Kongsberg, a ski resort, were surrounded by police, and a tactical unit specializing in terrorist attacks and hostage situations was deployed. Helicopters circled over the city and dozens of ambulances were sent to what police said were several crime scenes.

Local media circulated images of arrows lying in the walls of buildings or on the sidewalks where the attack took place.

Police officers across the country, who are usually unarmed, were ordered to carry guns in the line of duty after the attack. A police spokesman said the measure was taken as a precaution and was not the result of any intelligence input about the increased level of risk.

Norway has restrictive gun-ownership laws that ban personal possession of automatic weapons, but hunters and sport shooters are allowed to own certain types of handguns and rifles if they obtain a firearms license, for which a clean police record is required. is needed.

Norway, one of the world’s richest and least-crime countries, has been hit by mass shootings in recent days. In 2019, a gunman opened fire at a mosque near Oslo but no one was injured as worshipers quickly overpowered the man.

In 2011, far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in and around Oslo, most of them teenagers from a summer camp organized by the centre-left party.

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