Norway: Emergency services attend scene of bow and arrow attack
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Several people have been killed after a man undertook a bow and arrow attack in Norway. Police announced the incident in the town of Kongsberg south-west of the capital Oslo at around 6.30pm local time (5.30pm BST).
The deadly incidents took place in the town of Kongsberg, which is located 51 southwest of Oslo, on October 13.
A suspect has been apprehended by police – with authorities saying they believe he acted alone.
Police were called to the scene on Wednesday evening with additional resources dispatched from other areas to help.
Police chief Oyvind Aas said: “The man has been apprehended … from the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone.
“Several people have been injured and several are dead.”
The police chief declined to comment about the exact number of deaths and injuries, but reports suggest multiple people have been killed or injured.
Mr Aas added there were “several crime scenes” across the city.
The Norwegian Minister of Justice and Public Security Monica Maeland has received updates from the incident and is closely monitoring the situation according to the ministry.
The country’s police directorate said it had immediately authorised all officers, who are normally unarmed, to arm themselves with weapons.
In a statement, the directorate said: “This is an extra precaution. The police have no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level.”
Was the attack terror-related?
Police have not ruled out that the attack may be terror-related.
When asked if the incident was being treated as terrorism, a press officer for Norwegian police said it was “not clear as of yet, it’s too early to tell.”
Mr Aas did not rule out this motivation either – adding “time will tell”.
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Where is Kongsberg?
Kongsberg is a town and municipality in Viken county in Norway.
The city is located on the river Numedalslågen at the entrance to the valley of Numedal.
There are an estimated 28,000 people living in the region according to recent population data.
The area is best known as the site of the Royal Norwegian Mint which mints Norwegian coins and produces circulating and collectors’ coins for other countries.
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