Several people were killed and others injured by a man using a bow and arrows to carry out attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday, local police said.
‘We can unfortunately confirm that there are several injured and also unfortunately several killed in this episode,’ local police official Oyvind Aas told a news conference.
‘The man who committed this act has been arrested by the police and, according to our information, there is only one person involved.’
‘The man has been apprehended … from the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone,’ police chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters.
He declined to comment on the number of casualties.
The motive for the attack, which took place at 18:30 local time in several locations in the town centre of Kongsberg, were not yet known but it is understood officials are probing a possible terror motive. Residents were ordered to stay indoors.
Several people were killed and others injured by a man using a bow and arrows to carry out attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday
Arrows were seen littered around Kongsberg on Wednesday following the attack which left several dead and more injured
The attack took place in Kongsberg, a town to the south of the Norweigan capital Oslo
The attacks took place over ‘a large area’ of Kongsberg as the suspect moved through the town, police said. Local media reported the suspect opened fire from inside a Coop Extra supermarket in the town’s west.
Officers have cordoned large areas of the town, a municipality of around 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, 82km (51 miles) from Oslo.
Police said the suspect had been taken to a police station in the nearby town of Drammen but gave no other details about the man.
‘There is no active search for other people,’ Aas said.
Unni Grøndal, Oslo police spokesperson: ‘We are helping with national assistance resources such as police helicopters, bomb squads, and crews from the Emergency Response Troop.’
At least eight ambulances and three air ambulances were seen at the scene with the wounded taken to hospital. However the number of wounded, or their condition, were not yet known.
Norway’s minister of justice and public security, Monica Maeland, has received updates on the attacks and was closely monitoring the situation, the ministry said.
Police confirmed multiple injuries and several deaths after the attack but declined to comment on the number of casualties
Officials are thought to be probing a possible terror motive after the suspect fired at random victims across a ‘wide area’ of Kongsberg
Police dogs were seen combing the scene of the attack in Kongsberg, Norway, on Wednesday evening
Officers have cordoned large areas of Kongsberg, a municipality of around 28,000 people in southeastern Norway