At least four people have died and several others have been injured this Wednesday in an attack in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg in which a man, who allegedly would have fired a bow with arrows, has been detained by the security forces in the city. The attack began, according to witnesses, from inside a car.
“We believe that it is a single person who has committed the deeds. It is natural to analyze whether it is a terrorist act. But the individual has not yet been questioned, “Southwest District Police Chief Øyvind Aas said at a press conference, for whom it is” too early “to speculate on the motive for the event.
The Norwegian police received at 18.13 local time (16.13 GMT) a notice that a man armed with a bow and arrows was moving through the center of that city, and this he was arrested at 6:47 p.m., after a “confrontation” took place.
“There are a lot of crime scenes. This person has moved through a large area of the center where criminal acts have been committed“Aas said about the aggressor’s journey, who also entered a supermarket. During the persecution of the individual, the police asked residents not to leave their homes after verifying that a person had been shot with an arrow .
Several police units, including helicopters and a group of anti-explosive specialists, were mobilized and due to the size of the area through which they moved, police activity is expected “all night”Aas noted.
The General Directorate of Police has activated a temporary order that all agents in the country go armedContrary to the usual norm, although there are currently no “concrete indications” that there may be a change in the level of terrorist threat in the country, it is stated in a statement. The Kongsberg city council has set up a reception center for those affected and mobilized a crisis team to deal with the situation. According to the tabloid VG, the Norwegian intelligence services (PST) have been informed of the events.
“It’s a tragedy, it’s horrible. You don’t think something like this could happen in Kongsberg, “said Kari Anne Sand, mayor of this town of about 28,000 inhabitants.