Norwegian police said on Wednesday that they could not rule out that an archery attack that left several dead and injured in Kongsberg in south-eastern Norway was an act of terrorism.
“Given the course of events, it is natural to assess whether it is a terrorist attack“, said a local police official, Øyvind Aas, during a press briefing.”The man arrested was not heard and it is too early to comment on his motives“.
Neither the number of victims nor the condition of the injured were immediately known.
According to local media, the attack left at least four dead and several injured.
Several cordoned off neighborhoods
The motives for the attack, which occurred around 6.30 p.m. local time in several locations in downtown Kongsberg, are still unclear at this stage.
Police have not provided details of the suspect other than that it is a man who was taken to the police station in the nearby town of Drammen. “No active search is in progress to find other people“, specified Øyvind Aas. According to the channel TV2, the man also had a knife and / or several other weapons.
On Twitter, local police said a man had been observed armed with a bow and arrows and used them while targeting people.
The public has been called to stay at home. Several neighborhoods were cordoned off, television footage showing a large deployment of armed police forces and ambulances.
A helicopter and a team of deminers were also dispatched. The internal intelligence services (PST) have been alerted.
Norway, target of far-right attacks in the past
In the past, Norway, a traditionally peaceful nation, has been the target of far-right attacks.
On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people by detonating a bomb near the seat of government in Oslo, before opening fire on a Labor Youth rally on the island of Utøya.
In August 2019, Philip Manshaus also shot in a mosque near Oslo, before being overpowered by worshipers, without causing serious injuries. He had previously racially shot his adoptive Asian-born half-sister. Several plans for Islamist attacks were also thwarted.