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Bow-and-Arrow attack kills 5 in Norway

On Wednesday, a radicalized man attacked Kongsberg, killing 5 people and wounded 2 others in Norway. He was apprehended  20 minutes after the attack began. It was a bow-and-arrow attack.

The man is reportedly a 37-years-old Danish citizen, and is believed to be acting all along during the attack in the southeastern town of Kongsberg. Kongsberg is abode to 28,000 people. The place is just 68km south-west of the capital, Oslo. The man was also suspected of holding a knife or other weapons. 

At 6:30PM the police got a call, informing them of the attack. The force took the suspect to the town of Drammen. The security forces nationwide were allowed to carry firearms, although normally they are unarmed.

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 Norwegian police asked people to remain inside their homes and deployed bomb squads for security measures. Police will investigate the terror angle in the case. “Given how events unfolded, it is natural to assess whether this is a terrorist attack,” Police Chief Oyvind Aas said in a press conference.

Prime minister Erna Solberg termed the incident, a “horrifying” one.

On the question of motives, he said, “The arrested man has not been interviewed and it is too early to say anything about his motives.” Police chief Ole B. Saeverud  informed that, “There earlier had been worries of the man having been radicalized.”

Mayor Kari Anne Sand grieved, “This is a tragedy, completely terrible, This is the kind of thing you believe cannot happen in Kongsberg. Now we just have to handle it in the best manner.”

Ambulances, helicopter can be seen at sight. An image was also published by Public broadcaster NRK, showing a black arrow sticking out of a wall. The country is increasingly victimized by far right attacks. 

The death toll was the worst of any attack in Norway since 2011, when on 22 July, 2011 attack by Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people. He planted a bomb near the prime minister’s house and then attacked left-wing youth at a summer camp on the island of Utoya.

In August 2019, worshippers at a mosque on outskirts of Oslo averted an attack by a self- proclaimed neo-Nazi Philip Manshaus.

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