OSLO, Oct 14 (Reuters) – A 37-year-old Danish citizen is suspected of killing 5 folks in a bow-and-arrow assault in the Norwegian city of Kongsberg in a uncommon incident of mass killing in Norway, police mentioned on Thursday.
Two folks, together with an off-duty police officer, had been wounded in the Wednesday night assaults, which came about in completely different places in the city, 68 km (42 miles) southwest of the capital, Oslo.
“The police are giving this information because of all the rumours on social media regarding people who are not linked to these very serious acts,” police mentioned in a assertion in which they gave the suspect’s nationality however didn’t id.
Police mentioned nothing about a attainable motive.
The dying toll was the worst of any assault in Norway since 2011, when far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 folks, most of them youngsters at a youth camp.
Investigators are contemplating whether or not the Wednesday assaults amounted to an act of terrorism, and mentioned they’d give a extra detailed account of the incident in a while Thursday.
Police had been interrogating the suspect and he was cooperating, his defence lawyer mentioned.
“He is cooperating and is giving detailed statements regarding this event,” lawyer Fredrik Neumann informed public broadcaster NRK.
A bow and arrow had been used for a number of of the assaults, police mentioned, including they had been investigating whether or not one other weapon was used.
Images from one of many crime scenes confirmed an arrow that gave the impression to be caught in the wall of a wood-panelled constructing.
About 28,000 folks live in the Kongsberg municipality in southeastern Norway,
Following the assaults, the police directorate mentioned it had ordered officers nationwide to hold firearms. Norwegian police are usually unarmed however officers have entry to weapons when wanted.
Editing by Robert Birsel