A Danish man who’s in custody in Norway suspected of a bow-and-arrow assault on a small city that killed five people and wounded two others is a Muslim convert who had beforehand been flagged as having being radicalized, police mentioned Thursday.
“There earlier had been worries of the person having been radicalized,” Police chief Ole B. Saeverud instructed a information convention.
The victims had been 4 girls and one man between the ages of fifty and 70, Saeverud mentioned.
The person is suspected of getting shot at individuals in various areas within the city of Kongsberg on Wednesday night. A number of of the victims had been in a grocery store, police mentioned.
Norwegian information company NTB cited police as saying the suspect additionally used different weapons.
There was “a confrontation” between officers and the assailant in reference to the arrest, police mentioned however gave no particulars.
Each the hospitalized victims are in intensive care. They embrace an off-duty police officer who was inside the shop. Their situation was not instantly identified.
Police mentioned officers responding to the incident had been additionally shot at with arrows.
The suspect is being held on preliminary fees, which is a step wanting formal fees. Police consider he acted alone.
Police had been alerted to the assault round 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and arrested the suspect about half-hour later.
Police spokesman Oeyvind Aas mentioned that “we’ll return to a extra detailed description of the course of occasions when now we have a greater overview of what occurred.”
“It goes with out saying that this can be a very severe and intensive scenario, and it naturally impacts Kongsberg and people who stay right here,” he mentioned.
Prime Minister-designate Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is predicted to take workplace later Thursday, known as the assault “horrific.”
“That is unreal. However the actuality is that 5 individuals have been killed, many are injured and lots of are in shock,” Gahr Stoere instructed Norwegian broadcaster NRK on Thursday.
U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres wrote on Twitter that he was “shocked and saddened by the tragic information coming from Norway.”
City officers mentioned the primary church was open to anybody in want of help.
Kongsberg, a small city of some 26,000 inhabitants, is about 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo.