A 37-year-old Danish national who was arrested after a bow and arrow attack in Kongsberg, Norway that killed five people, had been converted to Islam and marked as radicalized, police said
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The man suspected of carrying out the bow and arrow horror attack in Norway had converted to Islam and concerns have been raised that he has been radicalized, police said.
In the city of Kongsberg in the south-east of the country, five people were ruthlessly killed and two others injured on Wednesday night. The victims were between 50 and 70 years old and are believed to have been attacked after police first confronted the man.
A 37-year-old Danish national was arrested and charged following the incident and is believed to have acted alone.
Police said it was too early to say whether the case would be treated as terrorist but confirmed that the man had been converted to Islam and considered potentially radicalized.
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“There used to be fears that the man was being radicalized,” Police Chief Ole B. Saeverud said at a press conference. Officials had last had contact with the man in 2020, reports the BBC.
The man, who lives in Kongsberg, which is 62 miles from the capital Oslo, reportedly opened fire in a Coop-Extra supermarket around 6:15 p.m. and injured several people, including an off-duty police officer who was shot in the back arrow was shot.
Police first received reports of a man carrying a bow and arrow at 4:12 p.m. GMT on Wednesday. A few minutes later he was observed by a police unit for the first time, but was able to escape.
The man fired arrows at the police and was only arrested after about 35 minutes of hunting.
“It is likely that all of the murders took place after his first police sighting,” Saeverud said.
The death toll was the worst of any attack in Norway since 2011, when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people
People, most of them teenagers in a youth camp.
Witnesses alleged the attacker fired arrows around 70 cm long at a supermarket, according to a local journalist.
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.
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One shocked woman said she narrowly missed getting involved in the supermarket rampage because she wanted to smoke a cigarette.
The traumatized witness, just called Hasine, told how panic set in when she saw someone walk past her terrace and then saw a man standing on a street corner with a quiver over his shoulder and a bow in his hand.
Hansine told TV2 The armed man soon disappeared and she saw people running for their lives, including a woman holding a child when terrorist stories surfaced in Kongsberg after the fatal attack.
Other witnesses have described seeing the bodies of the victims on the ground and hearing cries for help.
Ida Skinness was on her way out when her roommate yelled at her to stay inside.
Ida said to TV2: “Then I heard howls and screams outside and saw people running and then a lot of blue lights.”
Social media photos show discarded arrows in the street, while NRK posted a picture of an arrow sticking out of a wall.
Norway’s TV2 reported that the suspect was also carrying a knife or other weapon.
Police said they were investigating whether other weapons had been used.