In Norway, there was an act of violence in Kongsberg. A man armed with a bow and arrow shot people there. Dead and injured are to be mourned.
- Blood deed in Norway: In the village of Kongsberg, a perpetrator shot people with a bow and arrow. The background was initially unclear.
- The perpetrator was caught and is to be questioned that night (see update from October 13th, 10:51 p.m.)
- The police confirmed that five people died in the act of violence and two others were injured (see update from October 13, 11:39 p.m.)
Update from October 13, 11:39 p.m .: The police have now confirmed that there were five fatalities in the murder in Kongsberg on Wednesday evening. Two other people were injured
Update from October 13, 11:16 p.m .: As reported by the AFP news agency, citing investigators, at least five people died in the attack. Norway’s outgoing Prime Minister Erna Solberg expressed her condolences to those affected by the violence in the small town of Kongsberg. “Our thoughts go first of all to those affected and their relatives,” said Solberg late on Wednesday evening at a press conference in Oslo that was called at short notice. She will be replaced at the head of government by the Social Democrat Jonas Gahr Støre on Thursday after her election defeat a month ago. The act did not affect the change of government, said Solberg.
“The reports coming from Kongsberg tonight are horrific,” said Solberg. “The perpetrator committed terrible acts against several people. It’s a very dramatic one
Situation that hits the community in Kongsberg hard. ”It is important to underline that nothing is known about the incident.
Update from October 13, 11:09 p.m .: Kongsber’s Mayor, Kari Anne Sand, expressed her shock after the incident. “This is a tragedy for all concerned. Words fail me, “she told the newspaper late on Wednesday evening Verdens gang. The outgoing Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Justice Minister Monica Mæland also wanted to comment.
A resident of Kongsberg told NTB news agency that she heard the alarm go off in a supermarket. She didn’t think much about it. But then she also heard police cars and ambulances. The police searched garages and backyards in the city center with flashlights in the evening.
Because of the incident, the local police – unlike usual – were temporarily armed, as the police directorate announced late in the evening. It is a readiness measure – there are currently no indications of a change in the threat situation in the country. The Norwegian secret service PST was also informed of the incident.
Update from October 13th, 10:51 p.m .: The background to the crime in Kongsberg, Norway, is still unclear. While media like the newspaper Verdens gang speak of at least four dead, the local police are still reluctant to provide precise information. As reported by several media outlets, the perpetrator is currently in custody in the nearby town of Drammen, and will be questioned there that night.
The TV channel TV2 meanwhile reports that the perpetrator is said to have also carried a knife with him. In the village of Kongsberg, meanwhile, the authorities raised a real large contingent in the evening. In addition to armed security forces and ambulances, helicopters circled over the city, and a bomb disposal team was immediately sent into the city.
First report: Kongsberg – Several people were injured and killed in a blood attack in Norway. The Norwegian police announced this at a press conference on Wednesday evening. The act took place around 6:30 p.m. in the center of the city of Kongsberg, which is around 80 kilometers southwest of Oslo.
The police can unfortunately confirm that there have been several injuries and deaths, said the police chief Øyvind Aas. Newspapers like Verdens gang report at least four fatalities. The injured were taken to hospitals.
Blood deed in Norway: man armed with bow and arrow shoots at people in Kongsberg
Aas went on to say that it is apparently a retailer and that no further perpetrators are being sought. The man was allegedly armed with a bow and arrow and was arrested.
Apparently there were several crime scenes. Aas spoke loudly Dagbladet of “several crime scenes in a large area in the center of Kongsberg”. The food chain Coop confirmed to the newspaper that the incident also occurred in one of its branches. No employee was injured, it said.
Kongsberg: Police speak of several crime scenes
The motive is still unclear. It was too early to make any statements about it, said Aas. It is natural that one also checks whether it is a terrorist act.
The crime in Kongsberg brings back memories of the worst attack in Norway’s history. Ten years ago Anders Behring Breivik first detonated a bomb in Oslo’s government district, killing eight people.
He then drove to the island of Utøya, about 30 kilometers away, and killed 69 other people. Also in Atlanta in the USA there was a bloody act with eight deaths this year.