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Norway: Danish Man Held over Deadly Bow-and-Arrow Attack

Norway: Danish Man Held over Deadly Bow-and-Arrow Attack

Thursday, 14 October, 2021 - 07:45
Police at the scene after an attack in Kongsberg, Norway, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix via AP)

A 37-year-old Danish man is in custody in Norway suspected of a bow-and-arrow attack on a small town that killed five people and wounded two others, police said Thursday.


The man, who was not further identified, has confessed to going on a rampage in Kongsberg, southwest of the capital Oslo, prosecutor Ann Iren Svane Matthiassen said, adding he was was questioned overnight.


Several of the victims were in a supermarket, police said.


The man, who lives in Kongsberg, is known to the police, Svane Matthiassen told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.


Norwegian news agency NTB cited police as saying the suspect also used other weapons.


There was “a confrontation” between officers and the assailant in connection with the arrest, police said but gave no details.


Both the hospitalized victims are in intensive care. They include an off-duty police officer who was inside the store. Their condition was not immediately known, The Associated Press reported.


The suspect is being held on preliminary charges which is a step short of formal charges. Police believe he acted alone.


Police were alerted to the attack around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and arrested the suspect about 30 minutes later.


Police spokesman Oeyvind Aas said that “we will return to a more detailed description of the course of events when we have a better overview of what happened.”


“It goes without saying that this is a very serious and extensive situation, and it naturally affects Kongsberg and those who live here,” he said.


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