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Norway: man arrested after several dead in archery attack

ByMary M. Ward

Oct 13, 2021


An arrow left in a wall is seen after several people were killed and others injured by a man using a bow and arrows to carry out attacks, in Kongsberg, Norway on October 13, 2021.
Image credit: Reuters

Oslo: A man with a bow and arrow killed several people and injured several others in attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday, local police said.

At least four people were killed in the attacks, state broadcaster NRK and VG newspaper reported, citing anonymous sources.

“The man was apprehended (…) according to the information we have now, this person carried out these actions alone,” police chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters.

“Several people were injured and several died,” Aas said. He declined to comment on the precise number of victims.

The attacks took place over “a large area” of Kongsberg, a municipality of about 28,000 inhabitants in south-eastern Norway, 68 km from the capital, Oslo.

In the aftermath of the attacks, police management said they had ordered officers across the country to carry firearms. Norwegian police are normally unarmed, but officers have access to firearms and rifles when needed.

“It’s an additional precaution. Police have so far no indication that there is a change in the national threat level, ”management said in a statement.

Aas said police would investigate whether the attack constituted an act of terrorism, Norwegian Justice and Public Safety Minister Monica Maeland has received updates on the attacks and is monitoring the situation closely, the ministry said.