(CNN) – Five people were killed and at least two others injured in a sprawling attack in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg, according to local police.
The alleged attacker used a bow and arrow, a spokesperson for the Southeastern Norway Police District, which includes Kongsberg, told CNN on Wednesday.
The suspect is under arrest and is said to have acted alone. He has not yet been questioned, according to Øyvind Aas, police chief of Drammen capital. There is “no active search for more people,” according to Aas.
Speaking to the press after the attack, the police chief said authorities had not ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack. “In view of the course of events, it is natural to wonder whether this is an act of terrorism,” he said.
However, “the apprehended person has not been questioned, so it is too early to say anything about this and what the person’s motivation was.”
The suspect crossed a “large area” during the attack and was apprehended at 6:47 pm local time, according to a police statement.
Speaking at a press conference in the capital Oslo, Erna Solberg, the country’s outgoing Prime Minister, called the developments in Kongsberg “horrific” and pledged that “all necessary resources” are being deployed.
“The perpetrator has committed horrific acts against several people. It is a very dramatic situation that has hit Kongsberg society hard, and events are shaking us all, ”she said.
The attack comes on the eve of a new government in Norway, after the last legislative elections of the month toppled the long-ruling Conservative Party. Labor leader Jonas Gahr Støre is due to assume the role of Prime Minister on Thursday.
In a Facebook post, Støre described the attack as a “cruel and brutal act”.
“My thoughts and deepest sympathy are now with those affected, their families, as well as the police, health workers and aid workers who are now working full time to provide the big picture and help those who are need help. “
According to Aas, one of the injured is a police officer on leave who was in a store.
“The injured were taken to hospital for treatment. The Municipality of Kongsberg has been informed and has set up crisis teams to help and monitor those in need, ”he said.
Kongsberg is located 85 kilometers (approximately 53 miles) west of Oslo.
The country’s police are now temporarily armed
Local police began receiving emergency calls from the Kongsberg center at 6:13 p.m. local time, according to a statement from the Southeast Police District.
The calls reported a person walking around with “what was supposed to be a bow and arrows.”
Police shots were fired during the arrest, Aas said.
“It took a while from when our first patrol was on the scene and his arrest. We will come back to a more detailed description of the course of events when we have a better overview of what happened, ”he said.
Police across the country have now received the few order to carry firearms as a precaution.
“Due to the serious incident in Kongsberg where several people were killed and injured this evening, the Norwegian police are temporarily armed,” Norwegian police management said in a statement on Wednesday.
“This is an additional emergency measure,” the statement added. “Police currently have no concrete indication that there is a change in the level of threat in the country.”
Under Norwegian law, officers generally require prior authorization to carry firearms.
The attack comes just over a decade after Norway’s worst terrorist attack.
In July 2011, a Norwegian far-right extremist Anders Behring Brevik killed 77 people, many of them teenagers, in a bombing and gun rampage. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum possible sentence.
In August 2019, another man stormed an Oslo mosque armed with guns before being overpowered. That year, the country’s intelligence services reported that right-wing terrorism was on the rise around the world and warned that the country would likely be targeted in the near future.
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