The motives for the attack, which occurred in several locations in Kongsberg, are still undetermined at this stage.
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A man armed with a bow and arrows killed five people and injured two others on Wednesday (October 13th) in Kongsberg, south-eastern Norway, local police said. “The man who committed this act was arrested by the police and, according to our information, there is only one person involved”, said a law enforcement official during a press briefing. The injured were hospitalized.
Police have not provided details of the suspect other than that it is a man who was taken to the police station in the nearby town of Drammen. “No active search is in progress to find other people”, said an official. The motives for the attack, which occurred in several locations in Kongsberg, are still undetermined at this stage. “Given the unfolding of the facts, it is natural to wonder if this is a terrorist attack”, estimated this police official. “The suspect has not been heard and it is too early to comment on his motives”, he added, specifying that the investigators kept “all open possibilities”.
The public has been called to stay at home. Several neighborhoods were cordoned off, television footage showing a large deployment of armed police forces and ambulances. A helicopter and a team of deminers were also dispatched, and the internal intelligence services (PST) were alerted.