Five people killed in attack with bow and arrow in Norway


The scene in Kongsberg this evening

At least five people have died after they were shot by an attacker armed with a bow and arrow in Norway tonight.

The man is believed to have started his rampage in a Coop supermarket, and then walked around the town shooting others.

Several others were injured, including a police officer.

Police chief Oeyvind Aas said: ‘The man has been apprehended … from the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone.

‘Several people have been injured and several are dead.’

He added that it was ‘natural’ to consider whether this was an act of terrorism, but that it was too early to come to conclusions.

Police are considering whether other weapons aside from the bow and arrow may have been used in addition.

There has been a major response from emergency services with armed police, helicopters and more than ten ambulances on scene.

An arrow is seen in the wall after an attack in Kongsberg (Picture: AP)
Police at the scene after the attack (Picture: AP)
Arrows lay on the ground at the crime scene
Emergency services at the scene in Kongsberg

Local media said that the man first opened fire in a Coop Extra supermarket.

The attacks then reportedly took place across a wider area as the man walked around the town of 28,000 in the south east of the country.

Police said the male suspect had been detained and taken to a police station.

British Ambassador to Norway Richard Wood tweeted: ‘Police confirming that five people have been killed in #Kongsberg and several injured including a policeman.

‘A shocking incident. Sincere condolences to those affected.’

Minister of justice and public security Monica Maeland has been updated on the attacks and is monitoring the situation, the government said.

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