A man armed with a bow and arrow killed five people before being arrested near the Norwegian capital Oslo on Wednesday.
Kongsberg city police chief said there was a “confrontation” between the officers and the attacker, but did not elaborate. Police said two other people were injured and hospitalized in intensive care, including an officer who was off duty and inside the shop where the attack took place.
“The person who committed this act has been arrested by the police, and there is no active search for more people. Based on the information we have, one person is behind this.
Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the attack as “horrific” and said it was too early to speculate about the individual’s motive. The designated prime minister, Jonas Gahr Storey, who is expected to take office on Thursday, called the attack “a brutal and brutal act” in comments to Norwegian news agency NTB.
The police received information about the attack at around 6.30 pm and the suspect was arrested about 20 minutes later. The community is 66 km southwest of Oslo.
According to the police, the suspect roamed the city by shooting arrows at the people.
The man has not been questioned yet, Aas said.
City officials invited those affected by the attack and their relatives to gather for support at a local hotel.
The attack comes a decade after right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik bombed Oslo’s government district and then carried out a shooting massacre at the left-wing Labor Party youth organization’s summer camp on Utoya Island. The violence on July 22, 2011 left 77 people dead and Norway stunned.
Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison, which is the maximum under Norwegian law, but his term could be extended as long as he was considered a threat to society.