OSLO, Norway – A man armed with a bow and arrow killed five people and injured two others in a series of attacks in the Norwegian city of Kongsberg on Wednesday, local police said.
The suspect was in custody, the police said.
“The man used a bow and arrow … for some of the attacks,” Police Chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters. Police were investigating whether other weapons had also been used, he said.
“The man was arrested … based on the information we have available, this person carried out these acts on his own,” Aas added.
One of the injured was an off-duty police officer.
The newspaper VG showed pictures of an arrow that appeared to be stuck in the wall of a wood-paneled building.
The death toll was the worst of any attack in Norway since 2011, when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people, most of them teenagers in a youth camp
Wednesday’s attacks occurred over “a large area” of Kongsberg, a community of around 28,000 in southeastern Norway, 65 kilometers from the capital, Oslo.
The government said the police had launched an extensive investigation.
“The reports coming from Kongsberg tonight are appalling,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg said at a press conference.
“I understand that a lot of people are scared, but it is important to emphasize that the police are now in control,” she said.
After the attacks, the police department announced that they had instructed officials across the country to carry firearms. The Norwegian police are usually unarmed, but officers have access to weapons and rifles if necessary.
“This is an additional precautionary measure. The police have not yet received any indications of a change in the national threat level,” the directorate said in a statement.
Aas said the police will investigate whether the attack was an act of terrorism.
The Norwegian Minister of Justice and Public Security, Monica Maeland, has received updated information on the attacks and is closely monitoring the situation, the ministry said.