Norway bow attack – Killer, 30, who shot dead 5 & injured 2 is Muslim convert according to reports but motive unknown

NORWEGIAN cops have arrested an Islam convert following a bow and arrow attack last night that killed four women and one man.

Police said the 37-year-old suspect in the half-an-hour long rampage in the town of Kongsberg, had converted to the religion and was known to them.

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Several people have been killed and others injured by a man armed with a bow and arrow in a town west of the Norwegian capital, Oslo[/caption]

An arrow left in a wall following the rampage

Those killed were aged between 50 and 70. Two others were injured.

The suspect, who lives in the Kongsberg area, has been held in custody, had cooperated with police and implicated himself in the attacks, although he has not yet entered a plea.

He was believed to have been acting alone, police said. They said nothing about a possible motive.

I saw people flee for their lives. One was a woman holding a child in her hand

Witness

A large area of the small town, some 50 miles from Oslo, was evacuated and cordoned off after the suspect opened fire.

One witness told TV 2: “I saw people flee for their lives. One was a woman holding a child in her hand.”

Among those injured in the horror attack was an off-duty police officer, who was inside a Coop Extra supermarket during the rampage.

He is one of two people understood to be in intensive care.

Norway’s royal family expressed its sympathies.

“We’re horrified by the tragic events at Kongsberg,” King Harald said in a letter addressed to the town’s mayor.

“The rest of the nation stands with you,” the 84-year-old monarch wrote.

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Harrowing images taken in the street show arrows stuck inside a wall after the suspect allegedly missed his target.

“We’re horrified by the tragic events at Kongsberg,” King Harald said in a letter addressed to the town’s mayor.

“The rest of the nation stands with you,” the 84-year-old monarch wrote.

Witnesses spoke of finding a seriously injured woman with an arrow in her body calling out for help in a pool of blood near a traffic junction.

One told TV 2: “There were crazy screams of women. I’ve never heard anything like it. It was a death cry.”

Another said: “There is a guy with bow and arrow shooting at people just outside my apartment. Police and multiple helicopters are here.”

Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg reassured the nation “the police are now in control” in a press conference on the “gruesome” attack.

In response to the incident, cops across Norway – usually unarmed – were immediately ordered to carry guns.

Authorities are looking into whether the attack was an act of terrorism.

Police believe the suspect acted alone, with police chief Øyvind Aas telling reporters: “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.

“One person has performed these actions alone.

“It is natural to consider whether it is an act of terrorism. But the man has not been questioned and it is too early to come to any conclusion.”

The police chief added there were “several crime scenes” in the rampage, which took place just before 6.30pm local time.

‘GRUESOME’

Mayor Kari Anne Sand said a crisis centre had been established in the town adding: “It is a tragedy for all those affected. I am speechless.”

The attack happened on the eve of a new government taking power.

Ms Solberg said the mass murder would not affect the handover and the new prime minister would be sworn in as planned.

Discarded arrows were spotted in the town last night as bomb squads, police dogs and soldiers remained on site.

The investigation continues.

Last night’s shooting was the deadliest attack in Norway in a decade after far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in 2011.  

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Multiple people have been killed after a man opened fire with a bow and arrow[/caption]

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Part of the town was evacuated and cordoned off[/caption]

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Several others were also injured in the horror attack

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