A man armed with a bow and arrow killed five people and wounded two others in an attack in the Norwegian city of Kongsberg, southwest of the capital of Oslo. Reuters informed of.
why it matters: It is the deadliest attack in Norway since 2011, when a far-right extremist opened fire and killed 77 people, per Reuters.
big picture: The suspect is in police custody, was arrested about 30 minutes after the attack began BBC.
- The attacks took place in a large area of the city. according to The GuardianAccording to the BBC, police have temporarily cordoned off several parts of the city to collect evidence.
- Police believe the man acted alone, but will investigate whether the attack constituted terrorism, as they seek to determine a motive, Reuters reported.
- Police are also investigating whether other weapons were used, according to Reuters.
of note: Police were temporarily ordered to carry firearms in the wake of the attack, breaking with the norm as Norwegian police are usually unarmed. new York Times noted.
- “There is currently no concrete indication with the police that there has been a change in the threat level in the country,” the Directorate of Police said in a statement. Statement.
What are they saying: “The report coming out of Kongsberg tonight is frightening,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg told a news conference, per Reuters.
- “I understand a lot of people are scared, but it’s important to emphasize that the police are now in control,” she said.