14 Oct. 2021 08:06 o’clock
As Norway prepares for a new government, the country is shaken by an act of violence. A man shoots people with a bow and arrow. Five people die, two are injured. The perpetrator is caught. It’s a Dane.
An act of violence with five dead and two injured has caused sadness and bewilderment in Norway. According to the police, a man armed with a bow and arrow had attacked people in the small town of Kongsberg in southern Norway on Wednesday evening. The alleged perpetrator could be caught. The police said early Thursday morning that he was a 37-year-old Dane who lived in Kongsberg. The police assume that he acted alone. However, the background to the act initially remained unclear. A terrorist motive could not initially be ruled out either.
The incident occurred on the eve of the new Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s inauguration. The Social Democrat was shocked. “What we heard from Kongsberg tonight shows that a cruel and brutal act has been committed,” he told the news agency late in the evening NTB.
The outgoing Prime Minister Erna Solberg also expressed her condolences. “Our thoughts go first of all to those affected and their relatives,” she said late on Wednesday evening at a press conference in Oslo that was called at short notice. She will be replaced by Støre at the head of government on Thursday after her election defeat a month ago. The act did not affect the change of government, said Solberg.
The attacks occurred in several places in the city, according to the police. The perpetrator moved over a larger area, the investigators said. The center of the city was cordoned off over a large area. Police chief Øyvind Aas said that several people reported to the police at 6.13 p.m. that an armed man was moving through the city and shooting people with a bow and arrow. Several media reported that a supermarket was the location of the action. According to the police, the attacker was arrested around half an hour after the first emergency call.
Memories of Breivik are awakened
One of the injured was a police officer who was not on duty at the time of the crime, Aas announced. He did not provide any details about the dead or the other injured person. The head of government in neighboring Sweden, Stefan Löfven, wrote on Twitter that his thoughts were with the victims and their families. It was a “terrible attack”.
The incident brings back bad memories: a good ten years ago Norway experienced the worst terrorist attack in its modern history. On July 22, 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb hidden in a van in the government district of Oslo, killing eight people. Then he drove to the island of Utøya, about 30 kilometers away, where he pretended to be a police officer and opened fire on the participants in the annual summer camp of the youth organization of the Social Democratic Labor Party.
69 people, mostly teenagers and young adults, were killed in the massacre on Utøya. Breivik named right-wing extremist and Islamophobic motives for his actions. In August 2012 he was sentenced to the then maximum sentence of 21 years with a minimum imprisonment of ten years.
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