October 25, 2021

Norway bow and arrow attacks: Several people killed and others injured in Kongsberg, police say

October 13, 2021

Several people have been killed and others have been injured in bow and arrow attacks in Norway, according to police.

The incidents took place in the town of Kongsberg, 82km (51 miles) southwest of the capital, Oslo.

A suspect has been apprehended by police, who believe he acted alone.

The Norweigan state broadcaster, NRK, is reporting "at least four people" have died - but police declined to confirm the number of casualties.

Police were called to the incident, in the centre of Kongsberg, at 6.30pm on Wednesday evening with additional resources sent from other towns, including Oslo.

Police chief Oyvind Aas told a press conference on Wednesday evening: "I can, unfortunately, confirm that several people have been killed and injured.

"A man was apprehended at 6.47pm. From the information we have at the moment, one person committed this act alone. He hasn't been questioned yet so it's too early to say what the motive was.

​"There is major police activity in the area because there are many crime scenes."

He declined to comment on the number of casualties and said he could not comment on whether the man was known to the police.

He added: "It is natural to consider whether it is an act of terrorism. He has not been questioned, and it is too early to come to any conclusion."

Asked if he could confirm that a police officer had been shot in the back, he replied: "I can't answer that question".

The attacks took place over a "large area" of Kongsberg, a municipality of around 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, police said.

The injured people have been taken to hospital and Kongsberg council's crisis team is giving help to those who need it.

Unni Grondal, Oslo police spokesperson, said: "We are helping with national assistance resources such as police helicopters, bomb squads, and crews from the Emergency Response Troop."

Norway's minister of justice and public security, Monica Maeland, has been informed and is closely monitoring the situation.

Local media reported a large area on the west side of the town had been cordoned off, with investigations now under way.

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