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5 people killed in Norway assailant with bow and arrows kills 5 in the attack

5 people killed in Norway assailant with bow and arrows kills 5 in the attack

Several people were killed and others were injured when a man armed with arrows and bows attacked several people near the Norwegian capital of Oslo on Wednesday, authorities said.

The police chief in Kongsberg said there was a conflict between officers and the assailant, but he did not elaborate. He said there were several deaths, but gave no details.

At least four people have died, according to the Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The man who carried out the offence has been arrested by the police, and there is no ongoing search for more people. According to Police Chief Oeying Aas, based on the information we have, there is one person behind this, he added.

Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the attack as gruesome and said it was too early to speculate on the mans motive. In a statement to Norwegian news agency NTB, Jonas Gahr Stoere, the prime minister-designate, called the attack "a cruel and brutal act".

The suspect was arrested about 20 minutes after police were called to the attack at 6:30 p.m. The community is located 41 miles southwest of Oslo.

According to police, the suspect walked around the city shooting people with arrows. Several people were wounded in shops, according to Aas.

The man has not yet been interrogated, according to Aas.

People who were affected by the attack and their relatives were invited to a local hotel to seek support from city officials.

The attack follows Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist, who set off oscar-style bombs in Oslos government district and then carried out slayings at the summer camp of the left-leaning Labor Party teen organization on Utoya island. 77 people were killed and Norway was shocked by the violence on July 22, 2011.

Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum sentence under Norwegian law, but his sentence may be extended as long as hes seen as an unsafe social figure.

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