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A 38-year-old Dane has been arrested and charged in connection with a cruel attack in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday night.
The perpetrator shot several people with a bow and car. Five people have lost their lives and two people are seriously injured.
On the night before Thursday, the police have that the accused is a Danish citizen who lives in Kongsberg.
In a press release, Norwegian police write that there have been rumors about possible perpetrators on social media, and that they therefore felt compelled to go out with information about the accused. They suspect the perpetrator acted alone, but the motive for the attack is still unknown.
Police are investigating whether there is a terrorist attack, Øyvind Aas – police chief in the South-East police district – said at a press conference on Wednesday night.
“The nature of tonight’s events means that we are naturally interested in whether there may be terrorism,” he says.
The Norwegian media TV2 has written that several independent sources state that the arrested man is a convert to Islam, who has many times been in contact with the Norwegian health authorities. That information has not been confirmed by the police.
At 18:13 on Wednesday evening, the police received the first calls from people in Kongsberg who had observed a man armed with a bow and arrow shooting at people with his weapon.
The perpetrator moved around a large area in the center of Kongsberg, and fired his arrows in a supermarket, writes NRK.
An eyewitness has told the local newspaper Laagendalsposten that he saw the perpetrator aim at the customers with a bow and arrow into a Coop Extra store.
About half an hour after the first calls – at 18.47 – the suspected perpetrator was arrested after a confrontation in which officers had to fire warning shots.
Large parts of Kongsberg – a town with a little less than 30,000 inhabitants – have been cordoned off on Wednesday, and there have been officers everywhere in the town.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg held a press conference about the incident late Wednesday night, where she said she “understands well if people are scared.”
“Therefore, it is important to emphasize that the police have gained control of the situation,” she said.
After the attack in Kongsberg, it has been decided that the police must be temporarily armed, the Norwegian Police Directorate informs. It is basically not Norwegian police officers.
This is an additional emergency measure.
“The police do not yet have any concrete indications that there is a change in the level of threats in the country,” reads a statement from the directorate.
The intelligence service PST is informed.
Kongsberg municipality has established a crisis team for affected residents.
Kongsberg is located in southeastern Norway about 80 kilometers southwest of the capital Oslo.
Source: www.berlingske.dk by www.berlingske.dk.
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