The attack carried out on Wednesday with a bow and arrows by a Danish convert to radical Islam, which killed five people and wounded three in Kongsberg (southwest of Norway), points to a terrorist attack, Norwegian authorities revealed on Thursday.
The Police have confirmed that the aggressor is 37 years old, is a resident of that town and is radicalized, but not that he acted for terrorist motives, while the intelligence services (PST) have pointed in that direction.
SIGHT: Norway: a man armed with a bow and arrows kills five people
“The events that occurred in Kongsberg they point at the moment to a terrorist attack, but it will be the investigation, conducted by the police of the southwestern district, which will determine what motivated them “, appears in a statement from the PST.
Norwegian intelligence has highlighted that this is someone who was under their radar and that such random attacks in public places are typical of Islamic fundamentalists.
The Police assumes that he acted alone and has confirmed that he used more weapons in the attack, but doubts his real motivation, something that may be related to the aggressor’s history, which several Norwegian media have identified as Espen Andersen Bråthen.
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Information published by the agency NTB and the public television NRK, but not officially confirmed, reveals that Bråthen he was sentenced in 2012 to 60 days in prison for theft and possession of drugs; and in July 2020, a court issued a six-month ban on visiting his family in Kongsberg.
Two months before that sentence, he had entered his parents’ home and threatened to kill his father, leaving a gun on the sofa before leaving.
Bråthen He posted two videos on the internet in 2017, in which he made threats in Norwegian and English and affirmed his status as a Muslim, a friend of his, who was the one who then warned the police, told the newspaper “Nettavisen” today.
The attacker, who tomorrow will face a hearing for his preventive detention, will be subjected to a psychiatric examination, has confirmed the prosecutor Ann Irén Svane Mathiassen, who also revealed that in the past he “contacted” the health services on several occasions.
MORE THAN HALF HOUR WALKING DOWN THE CITY CENTER
The authorities received at 18.13 local time (16.13 GMT) yesterday the warning about a man with a bow and arrows moving through the center of Kongsberg, and five minutes later several officers had contact with him, but he managed to escape after shooting them.
It was in the half hour following his arrest at 6:47 p.m. that the police believe that the individual, who traveled a wide area of the center, killed four women and a man, between 50 and 70 years old, and injured three people, according to the last update.
In the capture operation, 22 patrols, helicopters and police from special forces arrived from the capital, while the police asked residents not to leave their homes.
“Today we begin to realize when we pulse the atmosphere in the city. I think everyone is paralyzed and everything seems a bit unreal ”, declared Kari Anne Sand, the mayor of this town, of about 28,000 inhabitants.
King Harald V declared in a statement “horrified” by what happened, while the Labor leader, Jonas Gahr Støre, opened his speech, after assuming the leadership of the Government after the general elections a month ago, sending his condolences to relatives of the victims and the entire city of Kongsberg.
His center-left cabinet includes two survivors of the Utøya massacre, committed by far-right Anders Behring Breivik in 2011 at the Labor Youth summer camp, killing 69 people, the biggest tragedy in recent Norwegian history.
“I am proud that many young people continue in politics and contribute with all their strength (…). Ten years later we can see that democracy has won, “he said.
Eight years later, another ultra, Philip Manshaus, first assassinated his stepsister of Chinese origin and went armed to the Bærum mosque (outskirts of Oslo), where he was reduced by two people until the police arrived, in the last attack terrorist so far on Norwegian soil.
The Kongsberg city council has set up a reception center for families and affected people and mobilized a crisis team to deal with the situation, while the local church will remain open all day.
The attack in Kongsberg has also led to the postponement by the Nordisk Film production company of the premiere of “Vildmænd” (Wild Men), a film that takes place in Norway and in which one of its central characters carries a bow and arrows.
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