At least 5 people killed in bow and arrow attack in Norway, NRK TV reports – .

At least 4 people killed in bow and arrow attack in Norway, NRK TV reports – .

OSLO – A man with a bow and arrow killed several people and injured several others in attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday, local police said.

At least five people were killed in the attacks, state broadcaster NRK reported, citing anonymous sources.

“The man was apprehended (…) according to the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone,” police chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters.

“Several people were injured and several died,” Aas said. He declined to comment on the precise number of victims.

Aas added that “police had received several reports from people in Kongsberg from a man armed with what they said was a bow and arrow.”

VG newspaper showed footage of an arrow that appeared to be stuck in the wall of a paneled building.

The attacks took place over “a large area” of Kongsberg, a municipality of about 28,000 inhabitants in south-eastern Norway, 68 km (42 miles) from the capital, Oslo.

The government said police have launched a broad investigation.

“The information coming out of Kongsberg tonight is horrific,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg said at a press conference.

“I understand that a lot of people are afraid, but it is important to stress that the police are now in control,” she said.

Following the attacks, the police leadership said they had ordered officers across the country to carry firearms. Norwegian police are not normally armed, but officers have access to firearms and rifles when needed.

“It’s an additional precaution. Police have so far no indication that there is a change in the national threat level, ”management said in a statement.

Aas said police would investigate whether the attack constituted an act of terrorism,

Norwegian Justice and Public Safety Minister Monica Maeland has received updates on the attacks and is monitoring the situation closely, the ministry said.

(Report by Terje Solsvik and Victoria Klesty; Edited by Jonathan Oatis and Peter Cooney)


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