Kongsberg-type attack will happen again – .

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Kongsberg-type attack will happen again – .


HELSINKI – The Norwegian domestic intelligence agency said attacks such as the one in the city of Kongsberg earlier this month are very difficult to anticipate and prevent, and are likely to recur in an open society like Norway.

“This type of attack perpetrated by a person on impulse with simple means will happen again,” Arne Christian Haugstoeyl, chief counterterrorism chief at the agency known by the acronym PST, said in an interview on Saturday. Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. “I think this forces a discussion about the risk we have to live with in a democratic and open society. “

Five people were killed and three others injured in the town of Kongsberg, in southern Norway, on October 13, as suspect Espen Andersen Braathen, a 37-year-old Danish citizen, attacked his victims with a bow and arrows and unspecified bladed weapons.

How tragic the outcome will be in such cases in the future depends more on the response time of the police than on the degree to which an intelligence agency has managed to anticipate it, Haugstoeyl told Aftenposten. He added that “it is not possible to guarantee that you can stop” an attack in advance.

In 2017, the PST informed Norwegian police that Andersen Braathen, who was on the agency’s radar, posted a threatening video.

“Unfortunately, a lot of people make hateful and threatening statements,” Haugstoeyl told Aftenposten. “Each week we learn an incredible number of videos, comments, photos and posts that are more brutal and more extreme than this video. “

He hesitated when asked by Aftenposten if PST could have done something different to prevent the Kongsberg attack and said he would await the findings of an ongoing independent investigation into the police delay in capturing Andersen Braathen. amid criticism that the response was too slow.

Andersen Braathen confessed to the murders and was originally charged with five murders. The Norwegian police assessment is that the suspect’s apparent mental illness was the probable cause of the attack, while Andersen Braathen’s statement that he had converted to Islam had become a line of inquiry less important.

Police said Monday that the rampage victims were likely stabbed to death after Andersen Braathen first used arrows to wound them.

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