Man with bow and arrow kills 5, wounds 2 in Norway

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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.

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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.
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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.
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