The man who is alleged to have killed five people with a bow and arrow in Norway posted a chilling video in which he described himself as a “messenger”.
The Danish man who is alleged to have killed five people with a bow and arrow in Norway has reportedly been identified as the Muslim convert Espen Andersen Bråthen – who in 2017 posted a chilling video in which he described himself as a “messenger” who comes “with a warning ”.
The 37-year-old is accused of carrying out the attack on Wednesday in several places in the city of Kongsberg, 80 km southwest of Oslo, which has 25,000 inhabitants.
In the attack, four women were killed and a man between 50 and 70 years old and at least two others were injured, New York Postreports.
The Norwegian intelligence service considered the attack to be a “terrorist act”. Police officer Ole Bredrup Saeverud told journalists: “There were fears [the suspect may have been] linked to radicalization in the past. ”
There were reports that the suspect participated in an Islamic center in the community two years ago, Telegraph reported.
Mr Bråthen reportedly said in English in a Facebook video flagged for law enforcement in 2017: “Hello. I’m a messenger. I’ll give you a warning. Is this really what you want? And for anyone who wants to make up for it, so it’s time. Testify that I am a Muslim. ”
An concerned acquaintance informed the police about the video, according to Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper, Telegraph reported.
The man’s neighbors told the Norwegian outlet that they observed Bråthen, who reportedly engaged in a “brutal martial style” of martial arts and trained with weapons in his garden.
The national broadcaster NRK reported that the suspect was convicted of burglary and bought small quantities of hashish in 2012, according to Telegraph.
Mr Bråthen has also been banned from visiting his parents after threatening them severely, according to the outlet, who quoted Aftenposten.
Two people, including a police officer on duty, were injured in Wednesday’s attack. They were admitted to intensive care, Telegraph reported. The police who responded to the incident were also shot with arrows, officials said.
“Witnesses saw lifeless people, heard intense howls and screams and saw people running for their lives on the streets,” Saeverud told reporters on Thursday.
Police were called at 6.15pm (local time) and arrested the suspect about 30 minutes later. He was detained, which is one step less than formal charges. Police believe he acted alone.
An eyewitness said residents were still shaken by the carnage.
“I have never seen so many police, ambulances and vehicles in my life. There were only blue lights everywhere. Everyone is shocked and upset, the witness says Telegraph.
I mean, an untrained lone man equipped with a knife, bow and arrow streamed openly on our streets for more than 30 minutes – went to a grocery store in the beginning and attacked people there. And then he went to a post office – everywhere he saw people gather, “said the person.
Resident Karin Elise Edvartsen said that the worst part of the attack was “all the hatred against religion and race that comes with it”.
“Whether we are from here or from there, we are a society. My neighbors are both Muslims and Christians, and I know they would not harm a fly, she says. Edvartsen knew one of the victims, said the outlet.
“Unfortunately, people are starting to suspect others. It hurts me, but I refuse to let hatred win, she says.
Appointed Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store called the attack “horrific”.
“This is unreal. But the reality is that five people have been killed, many are injured and many are in shock, he says to the Norwegian broadcaster NRK. Telegraph reported.
Kongsberg Mayor Kari Anne said: “This is a terrible incident, there is nothing else to say. Now we must try to take care of the inhabitants as best we can. ”
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