COPENHAGEN (AP) – A man armed with a bow and arrows killed 5 people who were shopping near the Norwegian capital Oslo on Wednesday before being detained, authorities said.
The Kongsberg City Police Chief said there was a “confrontation” between officers and the assailant, but did not elaborate. Two other people were injured and hospitalized in intensive care units, including an off-duty officer inside the store where the attack occurred, police said.
“The man who carried out the act has been arrested by the police, and there is no active search for more people. According to the information we have, there is only one person behind this, ”said Oeyving Aas.
Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the attack was “grotesque,” and said it was too early to speculate on the assailant’s motives. Prime Minister-designate Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is expected to take office on Thursday, called the attack a “cruel and brutal act” in remarks to the Norwegian news agency NTB.
Police were alerted to the attack around 6:30 p.m. and the suspect was arrested about 30 minutes later. The community of about 26,000 people is 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo.
According to the police, the suspect walked around the city shooting people with arrows. Aas declined to comment on reports that the man used a crossbow, merely stating that there were “several crime scenes.”
The attacker has not yet been questioned, he added.
Norway’s national security agency PST has already been informed about the attack.
The city authorities invited those affected by the attack, as well as their families, to meet at a local hotel.
The attack came more than a decade after Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist, detonated a bomb in the Oslo government district and subsequently carried out a shooting massacre at a summer camp run by the left-wing Labor Party’s youth organization in the island of Utoya. The day of violence on July 22, 2011 left 77 dead and shocked Norway.
Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum penalty under Norwegian law, but his sentence can be extended as long as he is considered a danger to society.