The Danish man who allegedly killed 5 folks in a bow-and-arrow assault in Norway has reportedly been recognized as Muslim convert Espen Andersen Bråthen — who posted a chilling 2017 video wherein he described himself as a “messenger” who comes “with a warning.”
The 37-year-old man is accused of finishing up the assault late Wednesday in a number of places within the city of Kongsberg, some 40 miles southwest of Oslo, killing 4 girls and a person between the ages of fifty and 70, Police Chief Ole B. Saeverud stated.
The Norwegian intelligence service deemed the assault an “act of terror” by the radicalized suspect, who reportedly attended an Islamic heart in the neighborhood two years in the past, the Telegraph reported.
“Hello. I’m a messenger. I come with a warning. Is this really what you want? And for all who want to make up for themselves, so it’s time. Bear witness that I am a Muslim,” Bråthen reportedly stated in English in a Facebook video that was flagged to regulation enforcement in 2017.
A involved acquaintance notified police of the video, in keeping with the Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper, the Telegraph reported.
The man’s neighbors instructed the Norwegian outlet that they’d noticed Bråthen — who reportedly engaged in a “brutal fighting style” of martial arts — coaching with weapons in his backyard.
National broadcaster NRK reported that the suspect had been convicted of housebreaking and purchased small portions of hash in 2012, in keeping with the Telegraph.
Bråthen additionally was banned from visiting his dad and mom after significantly threatening them, in keeping with the outlet, which cited the Aftenposten.
Two folks, together with an off-duty cop, have been wounded in Wednesday’s assault. They have been hospitalized in intensive care, the Telegraph reported. Police responding to the incident additionally have been shot at with arrows, officers stated.
“Witnesses saw lifeless people, heard intense howls and screams and saw people running for their lives in the streets,” Saeverud instructed reporters Thursday.
Police have been referred to as at 6:15 p.m. and arrested the suspect about half-hour later. He was held on preliminary fees, which is a step in need of formal fees. Police consider he acted alone.
One eyewitness stated residents are nonetheless shaken by the carnage.
“I have never seen so many police, ambulances and vehicles in my life. There were just blue lights everywhere. Everyone is in shock and upset,” the witness stated, in keeping with the Telegraph.
“I mean, an untrained lone man equipped with knife, arrow and bow openly roamed in our streets for more than 30 minutes — headed to a grocery store in the beginning and attacked people there. And then made his way to a post office. Everywhere where he saw people gathering,” the particular person stated.
Karin Elise Edvartsen, a city resident, stated the worst a part of the assault was “all the hate against religion and race that comes with it.”
“If we are from here or there, we are one community. My neighbors are both Muslims and Christians, and I know they would not hurt a fly,” stated Edvartsen, who knew one of many victims, the outlet stated.
“Sadly, people start to suspect others. It hurts me, but I refuse to let the hate win,” she added.
Prime Minister-designate Jonas Gahr Store referred to as the assault “horrific.”
“This is unreal. But the reality is that five people have been killed, many are injured and many are in shock,” Gahr Store, who is predicted to take workplace later Thursday, instructed Norwegian broadcaster NRK, the Telegraph reported.
Kongsberg Mayor Kari Anne stated: “This is a gruesome incident, there is nothing else to say. Now we must try to take care of the inhabitants as best we can.”