In Norway, five people were killed and two others were injured when a man attacked them with a bow and arrow. The bomber struck shortly after 6:15 p.m. local time in the town of Kongsberg, southwest of the capital, Oslo.
One suspect has been arrested and is thought to have carried out the attack alone, police official Webbind As said. A police spokesman said police would investigate whether it was a terrorist act. Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the news of the incident was “terrible”.
“I understand that many are scared, but it’s important that the police are in control of the situation now,” he told a news conference, Reuters news agency quoted him as saying. The bomber struck shortly afternoon in front of a Coop Extra supermarket on the west side of Kongsberg.
Among the injured was an off-duty police officer who was present at the shop at the time. A spokesman for the chain shop later confirmed that a “serious incident” had taken place in their store but that none of their employees had been injured. The attacker and police reportedly clashed before arresting the suspected assailant at around 7.45 pm local time.
An eyewitness told local news outlet TV-2 that he heard a commotion and saw a woman hiding, and at the time “saw a man standing in a corner with an arrow on his shoulder and a bow in his hand,” AFP reported.
“Later, I saw people running for their lives. One of them was a woman holding the hand of a child,” he said. Police officials told reporters that they were investigating whether the attacker had used any other weapons during the attack. The suspected assailant has been operating in a large part of the city and authorities have cordoned off several parts of the city.
Residents have been instructed to stay indoors so that authorities can inspect the scene and gather evidence. The suspect was taken to a police station in the town of Drammen. He has not yet been questioned. Many emergency vehicles, including ambulances, police vehicles, and helicopters, were at the scene.
Norwegian Law Minister Monica Meland has been notified of the incident and is closely monitoring the situation, according to a tweet from the ministry.
The country’s police department has ordered all officers across the country to carry firearms as an extra precaution. Usually, the country’s police are not armed. “There is no indication yet that the national threat level has changed,” the police department said in a statement.https://bbin-csdn.com