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Police say the man who used a bow and arrow to kill five people and injure three others in an attack in Norway last week may have used additional “stabbing weapons”.

Police Inspector Per Thomas Omholt said it was likely suspect Aspen Andersen Brathen first used arrows to wound his victims and then stabbed them to death with an unspecified weapon in Wednesday’s attack in Kongsberg.


“When it comes to weapons, we’ve said before that a bow and arrow has been used,” Ohmholt told reporters on Monday. “The other weapons that have been used are stabbing weapons. We do not want to go out as to what kind of stabbing weapons were used as all the witnesses at the scene are yet to be interrogated Has been done.”

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Andersen Brathen, a 37-year-old Danish citizen, has confessed to the murders and was initially charged with five murders. Ohmholt, however, said the list of charges would be expanded as the investigation progressed.

Grabbing a frame from a video posted online and showing a 37-year-old Danish national, Espen Andersen Brathen, who was arrested Wednesday night on charges of killing 5 people in the Norwegian city of Kongsberg.

Norwegian police have identified the four female victims as 52-year-old Andrea Meyer; Hanne Englund, 56; Liv Berit Borge, 75; and Gun Marith Madsen, 78. The male victim was 75-year-old Gunnar Erling Sauve. Meyer is a native of Germany who moved to Norway several years ago.

“So far, all indications are that these victims were picked up randomly,” Ohmholt said, adding that police had questioned some 60 witnesses.

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The regional police department received reports on Wednesday evening that a man fired an arrow at the Cop Xtra supermarket in central Kongsberg, a sleepy city of about 26,000 residents.

Police walk to the scene after an attack in Kongsberg, Norway, Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

An unarmed police patrol spotted the suspect in the supermarket and Anderson Brathen fired several arrows at him before fleeing. One of the injured was an off-duty police officer inside the supermarket. Police said patrols called for reinforcements and armed police apprehended the suspect, but not before the victims were killed.

Norway’s domestic intelligence agency has called for an independent investigation into the police’s delay in arresting Andersen Brathen, amid criticism of the police’s slow response.