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Five People Were Killed In Bow-And-Arrow Attack In Norway

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Police officers cordon off the scene where they are investigating in Kongsberg, Norway, after a man armed with a bow killed several people on October 13, 2021.

A man shot and killed five people with a bow and arrow on Wednesday in the city of Kongsberg, Norway, before being detained by police.

The motive is still unknown, but authorities said they believe he is solely responsible for the attack.

“The man who carried out the act has been detained by the police and there is no active search for more people. According to the information we have, there is a person behind this, ”said regional police chief Oeying Aas, according to The Associated Press.

Police arrested the man around 7:30 pm local time, about an hour after several people reported seeing someone with the weapon moving through the city, which is 41 miles southwest of Oslo.

The attack involved multiple scenes, including a supermarket, and Aas said It took police a while to find the suspect and gather details about the situation. Meanwhile, residents were ordered to take shelter inside.

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Oeying Aas, a regional police chief, speaks to the press on October 13, 2021.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the scene was “gruesome”, adding that the police were effectively handling the current situation.

“The news is terrifying. I understand that people are freaking out,” Solberg said in a press conference.

He added that it is too early to determine the cause of the attack.

“I emphasize that we do not know if it is terror or not,” he said.

Norway’s Ministry of Justice and Emergency Preparedness said it was aware of the situation and was following it closely. The National Police Directorate also issued a national order to temporarily arm officers, but added that police had no indication that the country’s terror threat level had changed.

Before detaining the man, Aas said there was a “confrontation” with the officers, but did not elaborate.

In addition to the deaths, two other people, including an off-duty officer, were injured and taken to a hospital, according to the Norway Broadcasting Corporation, NRK. The age and sex of the victims were not released until Wednesday night.

“This is a tragedy for all concerned,” said Kongsberg Mayor Kari Anne Sand. said to Verdens Gang, a Norwegian newspaper. “Words fail me.”

Incoming Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere called the event “cruel and brutal act“reported AP.

Norway in July marked the 10th anniversary of its the worst terrorist attack in history, in which a far-right extremist killed 77 people.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Kongsberg Police and the Prime Minister’s Office for more information.

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