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Five dead in norway bow-and-arrow attack, five seriously injured in bow and arrow attacks

Five dead in norway bow-and-arrow attack, five seriously injured in bow and arrow attacks

KONGSBERG, Norway (AP) A Danish man suspected of a bow-and-arrow attack in kONGSFRG, which killed five people, is reportedly converting to Islam and previously identified as radicalized, police said Thursday. Norways national security agency said the suspect's actions presently appear to be an act of terrorism.

The man is suspected of having fired at people in a number of places in the town of Kongsberg on Wednesday evening. Several of the victims were in a supermarket, police said.

There were earlier fears that the man had been radicalized, police chief Ole B. Saeverud stated during a news conference. He added that there were complicated assessments related to the motive, and it will take time before this is clarified. He didnt elaborate on what radicalization meant.

Norways domestic security agency, known by its acronym PST, said it believes the suspect alleged actions are now regarded as a crime and cited various aspects of the attack that also wounded two people in explaining its opinion that the incident appears to be terrorism.

The domestic security agency stated that attacks on random people in public places are a recurring mode of operation among extremist Islamists carrying out terror in the West.

The BBC reported that the most likely scenario of an extremist terrorist attack in Norway is an attack carried out by one or a few perpetrators with simple weapon types, against targets with few or no security measures.

PST was unable to provide further information about the suspect because he is known to PEST from before, it added.

In a statement, PST stated, "The investigation will provide more detail on what the incidents were motivated by."

The suspect will be examined by forensic psychiatrists Thursday, according to Ann Iren Svane Mathiassen, the police attorney who is leading the investigation.

She was quoted as saying, "This is not unusual in such severe cases."

Saeverud said the victims were four women and one man between the ages of 50 and 70.

Police were called to Kongsberg, 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo, at 6:12 p.m. on Wednesday to a man shooting arrows. Officers made contact with the suspect, but he escaped and wasnt caught until 6:47 p.m., according to Saeverud.

Officials believe the killer didnt begin killing people until police arrived on the scene.

According to Saeverud, from what we know now, it is reasonably obvious that some, probably everyone, was killed after the police were in contact with the perpetrator."

Svane Mathiassen stated, I did this, and I spoke calmly and clearly after my arrest." The suspect clearly described what he had done. She told The Associated Press that he admitted killing the five people, adding that she has since apologized to the media.

According to onlookers, the rampage occurred in perfect visibility of dozens of witnesses in this small town, which is in a state of shock. According to Svane Mathiassen, police have spoken to 20 to 30 witnesses who saw the attacker attack and kill his victims.

There are people who saw him in the city. Before the killings. She said she was injured when he injured people.

Erik Benum, who lives on the same road as the supermarket that was one of the crime scenes, told the AP he saw the escapees hiding in doorways.

I saw them hiding in the corner. I went to see what was going on and saw the police with a shield and rifles enter. It was a very strange sight.

The next morning, the town was quiet, he added. People are sad and shocked, she said.

The bow and arrows were only one component of the killers arsenal. Police are yet to confirm what other weapons he used. Weapons experts and other technical officers are being drafted in to assist with the investigation.

Both the hospitalized victims are in intensive care. They included an off-duty police officer who was in the shop. They were not immediately aware of their condition.

The suspect is being held on preliminary charges, which are a step away from formal charges. He will be formally held in custody on Friday. Police believe he acted alone.

It goes without saying that this is a very serious and extensive situation, which affects Kongsberg and all who live there, police spokesman Oeyvind Aas said earlier.

The suspect had previously been convicted of burglary and possession of drugs, and a local court granted restraining orders last year requiring him to stay away from his parents for ten days after he threatened to kill one of them.

Newly minted Prime Minister-Jonas Gahr Stoere called the attack horrific.

"This is unreal. The reality is that five people have been killed, many are injured, and many people are in shock, Gahr Stoere told Norwegian television station NRK.

In a statement to the mayor of Kongsberg, Norwegian King Harald V said people have experienced that their safe local environment suddenly became contaminated". When horrible things happen near us, when you least expect it, in the middle of everyday life on the open street, it shakes us all.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of the United Nations said on Twitter that he was shocked and saddened by the shocking news coming from Norway.

Anyone who had questions could visit the main church in Kongsberg, a small town of about 26,000 people.

I dont think anyone anticipates having such experiences. Reidar Aasboe, a parish priest, told the Associated Press that noone could imagine this could happen in our little town."

Mass murders in low-crime Norway are rare.

The countrys most brutal peacetime massacre came on July 22, 2011, when right-wing extremist Anders Breivik planted a bomb in Oslo, killing eight people. Then he headed to tiny Utoya Island, where a gang of teenagers from the Labor Party's youth wing were stalked and 69 people were murdered.

Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum permitted under Norwegian law, but his sentence can be extended as long as he is considered a society risk.

PST said Thursday that the terror threat level for Norway is unchanged and is considered moderate.

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