Police at the scene after an attack in Kongsberg, Norway on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Several people were killed and others injured by a man armed with a bow and arrows in a town west of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. (Hakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB Scanpix via AP)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – A man with a bow fired arrows at buyers in a small Norwegian town on Wednesday, killing five people before being arrested, authorities said.

The chief of police of the Kongsberg community, near the capital Oslo, said there had been “a confrontation” between the police and the attacker, but he did not elaborate. Two other people were injured and hospitalized in intensive care, including an officer who was off duty and inside the store where the attack took place, police said.

“The man who committed the act has been arrested by the police and there is no active search for other people. According to the information we have, there is a person behind this, ”said Police Chief Oeyving Aas.

Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the attack “macabre” and said it was too early to speculate on a motive. Prime Minister-designate Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is due to take office on Thursday, called the attack “a cruel and brutal act” in comments to the Norwegian NTB news agency.

Police were alerted to the attack around 6:15 p.m. and arrested the suspect approximately 30 minutes later. The community of approximately 26,000 residents is located approximately 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo.

Police at the scene after an attack in Kongsberg, Norway on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Several people were killed and others injured by a man armed with a bow and arrows in a town west of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. (Hakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB Scanpix via AP)

Police say the suspect walked around downtown Kongsberg shooting arrows. Aas declined to comment on reports the man used a crossbow, only saying there were “multiple crime scenes”.

The man has yet to be interviewed, Aas said.

The Norwegian internal security agency PST has been informed of the attack.

City officials have called on those affected by the attack and their families to rally for support at a local hotel.

Massacres are rare in Norway. The country’s worst peacetime massacre took place on July 22, 2011, when right-wing extremist Anders Breivik detonated a bomb in the capital Oslo, killing eight people. Then he traveled to the tiny island of Utoya, where he hunted down members, mostly teenagers, of the youth wing of the Labor Party and killed 69 other victims.

Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum under Norwegian law, but his sentence can be extended as long as he is considered a danger to society.


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