Convert arrested for the murders in Kongsberg

Correction: In an earlier version of this case, TV 2 wrote that the accused man was ethnic Norwegian. Later, the police stated that the man is a Danish citizen. This was corrected at 02.24.

On Wednesday night, five people were killed and two injured in a dramatic incident in Kongsberg.

A man has been arrested.

– We have no suspicion that anyone else was involved, and currently believe that the man was alone about the incident, says Øyvind Aas, head of the operational unit in the police in Kongsberg.

Sources: Convert

Several independent sources inform TV 2 that the accused man is a convert to Islam.

He has been in contact with the Norwegian health service several times.

One of the police’s most important tasks will therefore be to clarify the motive for the attacks in Kongsberg, and the man’s possible health condition.

Not questioned

Late Wednesday night, the man has still not been questioned.

– The motive has not yet been revealed. It will be natural to investigate whether it is a terrorist incident, says Aas.

Police do not know when they will be able to interrogate the arrested man.

– It will of course be very important to hear his explanation, and why he has committed these actions, says Aas.

The man was arrested at 18.47 on Wednesday night. He was then sent to arrest at the police station in Drammen.

Prior to the arrest, there was first a confrontation with the police, before the man got away from the scene.

When the police later found the man again, warning shots were fired by the police, before the man was arrested.

Following the arrest, extensive police investigations have been carried out in Kongsberg center. The police have also been to an address in Kongsberg and made investigations in connection with the case.

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