The suspected attacker was utilizing a bow and arrow, a spokesman for Norway’s southeastern police district, which incorporates Kongsberg, instructed NCS on Wednesday. Local police had been first alerted to the suspect at 6:15 PM native time, he added.
The attacker is believed to have acted alone. An arrest has been made and there may be “no active search for more people,” mentioned Øyvind Aas, police chief of the county seat Drammen, in a press convention after the attack.
The perpetrator “moved over a large area” whereas finishing up the attack, he additionally mentioned.
“Unfortunately, we can confirm that there are several injured and several killed as a result of the action. The injured have been taken to hospital for treatment. The Kongsberg municipality has been notified and has set up crisis teams to assist and follow up with those who need it,” Aas mentioned.
Kongsberg is situated 85 kilometers (about 53 miles) west of capital metropolis Oslo.
Authorities haven’t dominated out the potential for a terror attack. “From the course of events, it is natural to consider whether this is an act of terrorism,” Aas mentioned.
“The apprehended person has not been questioned, and it is therefore too early to say anything about this and what was the person’s motivation.”
“Due to the serious incident in Kongsberg where several people were killed and injured tonight, the police in Norway are temporarily armed,” the Norwegian Police directorate mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.
“This is an additional emergency measure,” the assertion added. “The police currently have no concrete indications that there is a change in the threat level in the country.”
Under Norwegian legislation, officers sometimes should have prior approval to hold firearms.
Speaking at a press convention in Oslo, Erna Solberg, the nation’s outgoing prime minister, described the developments in Kongsberg as “gruesome” and promised that “all necessary resources” are being deployed.
“The perpetrator has carried out horrific acts against several people. It is a very dramatic situation that has hit Kongsberg society hard, and the events shake us all,” she mentioned.
In a Facebook submit, Støre described the Kongsberg attack as a “cruel and brutal act.”
“My thoughts and deepest sympathy now go to those affected, their families, and to the police, health personnel and aid workers who are now working full time to provide an overview and assist those who need help.”
The attack comes simply over a decade since Norway’s worst terrorist attack.
In August 2019, one other man stormed an Oslo mosque armed with weapons earlier than being overpowered. That yr, the nation’s intelligence service reported that right-wing terrorism was on the rise globally, and warned that the nation would possible be focused in the close to future.
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Previous reporting by NCS’s Laura Smith-Spark in London.