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5 Norwegians killed by bow and arrow assailant in Norway

5 Norwegians killed by bow and arrow assailant in Norway

Five people died in a shooting at shoppers in the Norwegian town of COPENHAGEN, according to authorities. A man with arrows fired slashes of grenade at the shoppers, killing five before he was arrested.

The police chief in the community of Kongsberg, near Oslo's capital, said there was a confrontation between officers and the assailant, but he did not elaborate. Two other people, including an officer who was off duty and inside the shop where the attack took place, were injured and rushed to intensive care, police said.

The man who carried out the act has been arrested by the police, and there is no active search for more people. According to Police Chief Oeyving Aas, based on the information we have, there is a single person behind this,"

Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the attack as gruesome and said it was too early to speculate on a motive. In an interview with Norwegian news agency NTB, the prime minister-designate Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is expected to step down Thursday, described the assault as "a cruel and brutal act".

Around 6:15 p.m., police were alerted to the attack and arrested the suspect about 30 minutes later. The town of 26,000 people is located about 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo.

According to police, the suspect walked around downtown Kongsberg shooting arrows. Aas declined to comment on reports that the man used a crossbow, saying only there were several crime scenes.

The man hasn't been interrogated yet, according to Aas.

Norways domestic security agency PST was informed of the incident.

Town officials invited people affected by the attack and their relatives to gather for support at a local hotel.

The attack follows a decade after Anders Behring Breivik, aka Right-wing extremist, planted shards of bomb in Oslos government district and then carried out 'a shooting massacre' at the summer camp of the left-leaning Labor Party ko Youth Organization on Utoya island. 77 people were killed and Norway was bafflingly shocked by the violence on July 22, 2011.

Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum allowed by Norwegian law, but his sentence may be extended as long as hes considered a social danger.

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