Norwegian counterterrorism chief says attacks like Kongsberg ‘will happen again’ – .

Norwegian counterterrorism chief says attacks like Kongsberg ‘will happen again’ – .

The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) counterterrorism chief said on Saturday that a deadly bow-and-arrow attack similar to the one that occurred earlier this month in the country would likely recur, the Associated Press reported.
Arne Christian Haugstoeyl, who spoke to the Aftenposten newspaper, said: “It is not possible to guarantee that you can stop” an attack before it happens. He noted that there was a certain risk that individuals living in an open society would have to face, the outlet noted.

Earlier this month, a Dane killed five people and injured three more after carrying out an attack with multiple weapons, including bows and arrows, in the town of Kongsberg, southwest of Oslo. Suspect Espen Andersen Braathen said he killed the individuals and was charged by Norwegian authorities, AP says

“This type of attack by a person on impulse with simple means will happen again,” Haugstoeyl told the newspaper. “I think this forces a discussion about the risk we have to live with in a democratic and open society. “

Norwegian officials have been criticized for not responding quickly enough to the incident, and an independent investigation into the police response is underway, the AP noted.

Haugstoeyl said he wanted to know the findings of the investigation before answering a question from the Norwegian newspaper about whether his agency could have handled the incident differently.

Andersen Braathen, who had previously been reported for radicalization, allegedly released a threatening video, which Norwegian police were told by the PST in 2017.

However, the PST’s counterterrorism chief said it was difficult to follow content containing threats or hate statements due to the number reported, the AP reported.

The murder earlier this month is considered the most significant incident since far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in 2011.


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