Perpetrator with a bow and arrow kills 5 people in Norway

Denmark, Copenhagen (AP)

In a small Norwegian town, a man armed with a bow shot an arrow at a shopper on Wednesday, killing five people before he was arrested, officials said.

A police chief in the Kongsburg community near the capital of Oslo said there was a “conflict” between police and perpetrators, but he did not elaborate. Two others were injured and hospitalized in the intensive care unit, police said. Among them were police officers in the store who were attacked during off-hours.

“The man who did the act has been arrested by the police and will not actively search for any more people. Based on the information we have, there is one person behind this.” Said police chief Oeyving Aas.

Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the attack as “terrifying” and said it was too early to speculate on motivation. Jonas Girl Stole, who was appointed prime minister to take office Thursday, called the assault “cruel and brutal” in a comment to the Norwegian news agency NTB.

Police were warned of an attack at around 6:15 pm and arrested the suspect about 30 minutes later. A community of approximately 26,000 inhabitants is located approximately 66 km (41 miles) southwest of Oslo.

Police said the suspect roamed downtown Kongsburg and fired an arrow. Aas declined to comment on reports that men used crossbows, saying there were only “some crime scenes.”

The man has not been cross-examined yet, Earth said.

Norwegian domestic security agency PST was informed about the assault.

Town officials called on people affected by the attack and their relatives to gather at a local hotel to help.

Mass slaughter is rare in Norway. The country’s worst peacetime massacre was on July 22, 2011, when right-wing extremist Andersbrevik fired a bomb in the capital of Oslo, killing eight people. Then he headed to the small island of Utoya. There he stalked most teenage members of the Labor Party’s youth division and killed an additional 69 victims.

Brevik was sentenced to a maximum of 21 years in prison under Norwegian law, but he can extend his term as long as it is considered dangerous to society.

Perpetrator with a bow and arrow kills 5 people in Norway

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