A man armed with a bow and arrows killed several people and injured several others, Wednesday, October 13, in Kongsberg, in south-eastern Norway, before being arrested by police. A local police official, Oyvind Aas, spoke at 10 p.m. to explain that he was “Too early to comment on the mobile” acts of the suspect, since the latter had “Not heard”, and refused to comment on a first assessment of the number of victims.
“We can unfortunately confirm that there are several injured and also, unfortunately, several killed”, he had said in the early evening, during a first press conference. ” According to our information, there is only one person involved “, he added, specifying that the authorities were not looking for other suspects.
The arrested man was taken to the police station in the nearby town of Drammen. “Given the unfolding of the facts, it is natural to assess whether it is a terrorist attack”, added Mr. Aas, commenting on the progress of the investigation.
The incident occurred shortly before 6.30 p.m. in downtown Kongsberg, a town of about 25,000 residents 80 kilometers southwest of Oslo, the Norwegian capital. On Twitter, local police wrote that a man had been observed, armed with a bow and arrows, and that he had used them when targeting people.
The population has been called to stay at home. Several neighborhoods were cordoned off, with television footage showing a large deployment of armed police forces and ambulances. A helicopter and a team of deminers were also dispatched.
The domestic intelligence services, PST, have been alerted. The NRK public broadcaster published on its website a photo sent by a witness showing a black arrow stuck firmly in a wall.