norway: Man armed with bow and arrow kills five people in Norway assaults, police say

OSLO: A person armed with a bow and arrow killed five people and wounded two others in a collection of assaults in the Norwegian city of Kongsberg on Wednesday, native police mentioned.
The suspect was in custody, police added.
“The man used a bow and arrow … for some of the attacks,” police chief Oeyvind Aas informed reporters. The police had been investigating whether or not different weapons had additionally been used, he mentioned.
“The man has been apprehended … from the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone,” Aas added.
One of the wounded people was an off-duty police officer.
Newspaper VG confirmed pictures of an arrow that seemed to be caught in the wall of a wood-paneled constructing.
The loss of life toll was the worst of any assault in Norway since 2011, when far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people, most of them youngsters at a youth camp
The assaults on Wednesday occurred over “a large area” of Kongsberg, a municipality of about 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, 68 km (42 miles) from the capital, Oslo.
The authorities mentioned police had launched a big investigation.
“The reports coming from Kongsberg tonight are horrifying,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg informed a information convention.
“I understand that many people are afraid, but it’s important to emphasise that the police are now in control,” she mentioned.
Following the assaults, the police directorate mentioned it had ordered officers nationwide to hold firearms. Norwegian police are usually unarmed however officers have entry to weapons and rifles when wanted.
“This is an extra precaution. The police have no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level,” the directorate mentioned in an announcement.
Aas mentioned police would examine whether or not the assault amounted to an act of terrorism.
Norway’s minister of justice and public safety, Monica Maeland, has acquired updates on the assaults and was carefully monitoring the state of affairs, the ministry mentioned.