Man charged after five are shot dead with bow and arrows before 'confrontation' with police

Police in Norway say they have charged a man after five people were shot dead and two others - including an off-duty police officer - were injured in a series of bow and arrow attacks.The incidents took place in the town of Kongsberg, 51 miles (82km) southwest of the capital, Oslo. There was a confrontation with officers and the man tried to run away before he was arrested, the police chief said.In a statement, police said the suspect was a 37-year-old Danish citizen who lives in Kongsberg. No other details have been released. As well as the five killed, two other people were wounded and are in intensive care, including an officer who was off duty and inside the shop where the attack took place, police said. Advertisement The attacks are related to a Coop Extra supermarket in the town centre and Coop spokesman Harald Kristiansen said: "We can confirm that there has been a serious incident in our store and that none of our employees are physically injured. "We are now concerned with following up our employees, and beyond that, we refer to the police investigation."Police were called to the incident, in the centre of Kongsberg, at 6.30pm on Wednesday with additional resources sent from other areas, including Oslo. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Police helicopters at scene of bow and arrow attacks Image: Police believe the man acted alone Police chief Oeyvind Aas told a news conference: "A man was apprehended at 6.47pm. From the information we have at the moment, one person committed this act alone. He hasn't been questioned yet so it's too early to say what the motive was.​"There is major police activity in the area because there are many crime scenes."Chief Aas added: "It is natural to consider whether it is an act of terrorism. He has not been questioned, and it is too early to come to any conclusion." Image: Five people were killed and two others injured in the attacks. Pic: AP Image: Police chief Oeyvind Aas said there was 'major police activity' in the area The attacks took place over a "large area" of Kongsberg, a municipality of around 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, police said. Image: Police have cordoned off areas of the town. Pic: AP "There is still a lot of police activity in the area. This is because the perpetrator has moved across a large area, and we are now working, among other things, to secure clues and gather as much information as possible about what has happened," said Chief Aas.The injured people have been taken to hospital and Kongsberg council's crisis team is giving help to those who need it. Image: A suspect has been apprehended by police. Pic: AP Unni Grondal, Oslo police spokesperson, said: "We are helping with national assistance resources such as police helicopters, bomb squads, and crews from the emergency response troop."Norway's minister of justice and public security, Monica Maeland, has been informed and is closely monitoring the situation.Local media reported a large area on the west side of the town had been cordoned off, with investigations now under way. Police confirming that five people have been killed in #Kongsberg and several injured including a policeman.A shocking incident. Sincere condolences to those affected. Våre tanker er med vedkommende, deres familier og Kongsbergs innbyggere.— Richard Wood

Man charged after five are shot dead with bow and arrows before 'confrontation' with police

Police in Norway say they have charged a man after five people were shot dead and two others - including an off-duty police officer - were injured in a series of bow and arrow attacks.

The incidents took place in the town of Kongsberg, 51 miles (82km) southwest of the capital, Oslo.

There was a confrontation with officers and the man tried to run away before he was arrested, the police chief said.

In a statement, police said the suspect was a 37-year-old Danish citizen who lives in Kongsberg. No other details have been released.

Norway map of bow and arrow attacks location

As well as the five killed, two other people were wounded and are in intensive care, including an officer who was off duty and inside the shop where the attack took place, police said.

The attacks are related to a Coop Extra supermarket in the town centre and Coop spokesman Harald Kristiansen said: "We can confirm that there has been a serious incident in our store and that none of our employees are physically injured.

"We are now concerned with following up our employees, and beyond that, we refer to the police investigation."

Police were called to the incident, in the centre of Kongsberg, at 6.30pm on Wednesday with additional resources sent from other areas, including Oslo.

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Police helicopters at scene of bow and arrow attacks
Police believe the man acted alone
Image: Police believe the man acted alone

Police chief Oeyvind Aas told a news conference: "A man was apprehended at 6.47pm. From the information we have at the moment, one person committed this act alone. He hasn't been questioned yet so it's too early to say what the motive was.

​"There is major police activity in the area because there are many crime scenes."

Chief Aas added: "It is natural to consider whether it is an act of terrorism. He has not been questioned, and it is too early to come to any conclusion."

Kongsberg 20211013..An arrow stands in a wall after a person has moved around with a weapon that is said to have been an arrow and a bow in Kongsberg center..Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
Image: Five people were killed and two others injured in the attacks. Pic: AP
Police chief Oyvind Aas said there was 'major police activity' in the area
Image: Police chief Oeyvind Aas said there was 'major police activity' in the area

The attacks took place over a "large area" of Kongsberg, a municipality of around 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, police said.

Kongsberg 20211013..The police are investigating in Kongsberg center after a serious incident..Photo: H..kon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
Image: Police have cordoned off areas of the town. Pic: AP

"There is still a lot of police activity in the area. This is because the perpetrator has moved across a large area, and we are now working, among other things, to secure clues and gather as much information as possible about what has happened," said Chief Aas.

The injured people have been taken to hospital and Kongsberg council's crisis team is giving help to those who need it.

Kongsberg 20211013..The police are investigating in Kongsberg center after a serious incident..Photo: H..kon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
Image: A suspect has been apprehended by police. Pic: AP

Unni Grondal, Oslo police spokesperson, said: "We are helping with national assistance resources such as police helicopters, bomb squads, and crews from the emergency response troop."

Norway's minister of justice and public security, Monica Maeland, has been informed and is closely monitoring the situation.

Local media reported a large area on the west side of the town had been cordoned off, with investigations now under way.

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