NORWAY police have arrested a Danish man who reportedly converted to Islam after a bow and arrow attack last night that killed five and injured two.
The 37-year-old suspect, who allegedly launched an attack that lasted half an hour from inside a supermarket in the town of Kongsberg, southwest of the capital Oslo, was detained by the police.
Several independent sources told TV 2 that the suspect was an ethnic Norwegian who converted to Islam.
A large area of the small town about 50 miles from Oslo was evacuated and cordoned off after the suspect opened fire.
Among those injured in the horrific attack was an off-duty police officer who was at a Coop Extra supermarket at the time of the attack.
There were crazy women’s cries… I’ve never heard that, it was a death cry
One of two people who appeared to be in intensive care.
According to local media, the lone assassin was arrested after a “confrontation” with the police in which warning shots were fired. A chase ensued in the streets and alleys.
He was taken to the nearby town of Drammen, where he was accused of shocking mass murder.
Sad footage shot on the street shows arrows stuck inside a wall after the suspect allegedly missed his target.
Witnesses said they found a seriously injured woman with an arrow on her body calling for help in a pool of blood near a traffic intersection.
One told TV 2, “Women had crazy screams. I’ve never heard anything like it. It was a death cry.”
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“There’s a man just outside my apartment shooting people with a bow and arrow. The police and a lot of helicopters are here,” said another.
Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg reassured the nation that “the police are now under control” at a press conference on the “terrible” attack.
In response to the incident, policemen across Norway – often unarmed – were ordered to carry weapons immediately.
Authorities are investigating whether the attack was an act of terrorism.
Police believe the suspect acted alone, and police chief Øyvind Aas told reporters: “The man has been caught.
“According to the information we have, this person carried out these actions alone. Several people were injured and several people died.
“One person carried out these actions alone.
“It is natural to consider whether it was an act of terrorism. However, the man has not been questioned and it is too early to draw any conclusions.”
The police chief added that there were “several crime scenes” in the attack, which took place just before 6:30 p.m. local time.
Mayor Kari Anne Sand stated that a crisis center has been established in the town and said, “This is a tragedy for everyone affected. I was speechless.”
The attack came on the eve of a new government taking power.
Solberg said the mass murder would not affect the handover and the new prime minister would be sworn in as planned.
Arrows were seen last night while bomb squads, police dogs and soldiers remained in the town.
The investigation continues.
Last night’s shooting was the bloodiest in Norway in the last decade, after far-right Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in 2011.
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