Norway attack: First picture of man suspected of killing 5 people with bow and arrow

Espen Andersen Brathen is charged with the murders and is under investigation by forensic psychiatric experts, according to the PST security service

Espen Andersen Brathen is charged with the murders and is being investigated by forensic psychiatric experts

A man accused of killing five people in a bow and arrow attack in Norway was first pictured.

Espen Andersen Brathen is charged with the murders and is under investigation by forensic psychiatric experts, according to the PST security service.

The 37-year-old Danish suspect converted to Islam and was concerned to police about signs of radicalization.

Flags waved at half mast over Kongsberg, where the victims, four women and one man between the ages of 50 and 70, were killed. Two people were injured in the attack, including an off-duty police officer.

Markus Kultima, 23, who lives in Kongsberg and works in a beer shop and lives above the shop, witnessed parts of the attack.

“I saw a man coming with an arrow in his back,” Kultima told Reuters. He said it was the off duty officer who told him to go home.

Police officers investigate the scene where an arrow shot into a wall after several people were killed
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“I had to go in the direction this guy came from.

That was very difficult, “said Kultima.

The 37-year-old suspect was in custody and is said to have acted alone, the police said. His lawyer said he was cooperating with the police.

“The events in Kongsberg appear to be an act of terrorism at the moment,” PST security police said in a statement, adding that the investigation will determine the motive.

The suspect, who was not identified by the police, had converted to Islam and the police were concerned about signs of his radicalization, said regional police chief Ole Bredrup Saeverud at a press conference.

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“The police had previously been in contact with the man in connection with radicalization issues. We didn’t register anything related to him in 2021, but before that,” Saeverud said.

The man will also be examined psychiatrically, the police said. A relative of the suspect, who spoke to the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet on condition of anonymity, described the man as mentally ill and said the family had been threatened for several years.

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.

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