Five killed in Norway bow and arrow attack

Norwegian police seal off the crime scene following fatal attacks in the town of Kongsberg.
Camera IconNorwegian police seal off the crime scene following fatal attacks in the town of Kongsberg. Credit: AP

A man using a bow and arrow has killed at least five people and wounded two others in attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg, local police say.

“The man used a bow and arrow ... for some of the attacks,” police chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters, adding that police were investigating whether other weapons had also been used.

“The man has been apprehended ... from the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone,” police chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters.

Newspaper VG showed images of an arrow that appeared to be stuck in the wall of a wood-panelled building.

The attacks took place over “a large area” of Kongsberg, a municipality of about 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, 68km from the capital, Oslo.

“The reports coming from Kongsberg tonight are horrifying,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg told a news conference.

“I understand that many people are afraid, but it’s important to emphasise that the police are now in control,” she said.

Following the attacks, the police directorate said it had immediately ordered officers nationwide to carry firearms. Norwegian police are normally unarmed but officers have access to guns and rifles when needed.

“This is an extra precaution. The police have no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level,” the directorate said in a statement.

Norway’s minister of justice and public security, Monica Maeland, has received updates on the attacks and was closely monitoring the situation, the ministry said.

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