A Dane detained in Norway suspected of an archery attack on a small town which killed five people and injured two others is a Muslim convert who had previously been reported as radicalized, police said Thursday.
"Previously, there had been concerns about the radicalization of the man ", said the chief of Police Ole B. Saeverud at a press conference.
The victims were four women and a man between the ages of 50 and 70, Saeverud said.
THE NORWAY POLICE SAID A MAN WITH A BOW AND ARROW KILLING SEVERAL PEOPLE, MORE INJURED
The font is running onscene after an attack in Kongsberg, Norway on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Several people were killed and others injured by a man armed with a bow and arrows in a town west of the capital Norwegian, Oslo (Hakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB Scanpix via AP)
The man is suspected of shooting people at several locations in the city of Kongsberg on Wednesday evening. Several of the victims were in a supermarket, police said.
Norwegian news agency NTB quoted police as saying the suspect also used other weapons.
There was "a confrontation " between the officers and the attacker in connection with the arrest, police said but gave no details.
The two hospitalized victims are in intensive care. Among them, a policeman on leave who was inside the store. Their condition was not immediately known.
Police said officers responding tothe incident were also hit by arrows.
The suspect is being held on preliminary charges, which is a short step from formal charges. Police believe he acted alone.
Police are working on the scene where an arrow was shot into a wall in Kongsberg , Norway, Wednesday, October 13, 2021. (Torstein Bøe / NTB via AP)
Police were alerted to the attack at approximately 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and arrested the suspect approximately 30 minutes later.
NORWAY CRIES 77 DEAD A DECADE AFTERTHE EXTREMIST ATTACK
Police spokesman Oeyvind Aas said that "we will come back to a more detailed deion of the course of events when we have a better overview of what happened. "
" It goes without saying that this is a very serious and widespread situation, and this naturally affects Kongsberg and those who live here "he said.
Prime Minister-designate Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is due to take office later Thursday, called the attack a ' "horrible ".
"It ' s unreal. But the reality is that five people have been killed, many are injured and many are in shock," Gahr Stoere said Thursday. on Norwegian television station NRK.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote on Twitter that he was "shocked and saddened by the tragic news from Norway.
City officials said the main church was open toanyone who needs help.
Kongsberg, a small town of around 26,000 inhabitants, is around 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo.