Norway bow and arrow attack suspect was ‘radicalised’, as police say it appears to be an ‘act of terrorism’
By SEAMLESS DAILY
14 October 2021
A Danish man in custody in Norway suspected of carrying out a bow-and-arrow attack which killed five people will appear in court on Friday morning, police said.
Officials named the suspect as Espen Andersen Bråthen, 37, and said he is a Muslim convert who had previously been flagged as having being radicalised.
Norway's national security agency said the suspect ’ s actions "currently appear to be an act of terrorism".
Five people were left dead and three injured during the rampage in the small town of Kongsberg on Wednesday evening.
It is thought that he killed all his victims- four women and one man, aged between 50 and 70- during this time window.
The suspect is thought of having shot at people in a number of locations in the town.
he was arrested after a "confrontation" with police were called to the centre of the town, southwest of oslo, after the attack began.
Officials believe that the man didn't start killing people until police arrived on the scene.
"from what we know now, it is reasonably clear that some, probably everyone, was killed after the police were in contact with the perpetrator," saeverud said.
As well as the five who were killed, two others remain in intensive care, including an officer who was off duty and inside the shop where the attack took place, police said.
"The man who carried out the act has been arrested by the police, and there is no active search for more people.
based on the information we have, there is one person behind this," police chief oeyving aas said, according to the associated press.
police said bråthen lived in kongsberg.
They also said that additional weapons, other than a bow and arrow, were used.
Local police chief Oyvind Aas confirmed that the attacker had managed to escape an initial confrontation with police before an arrest was finally made at 18:47 local time, 35 minutes after the attack began.
Kongsberg's town mayor Kari Anne Sand toldTV 2 that it was "a gruesome incident".
Now we must try to take care of the inhabitants as best we can."
Officials said they had immediately ordered officers nationwide to carry firearms.
Norwegian police are normally unarmed but officers have access to guns and rifles when needed.
"This is an extra precaution.
"the police have no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level," the directorate said in a statement.
Officers have cordoned large areas of the town, a municipality of around 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, 82km ( 51 miles ) from Oslo, and urged the public to stay home.
"i saw a group of police officers, including one of them was a woman holding a child by the hand,' she added.
Then I went to see what was happening, and I saw the police moving in with a shield and rifles.
the attack in norway since far-right extremist anders behring breivik killed 77 people on july 2011.
"I don't think anyone expects to have these kinds of experiences.
this is a shocking event that we did not think could happen in norway. '
"A man in Norway just killed a bunch of people with a bow and arrow.
The victims were all aged between 50 and 70, regional police chief Ole Bredrup Saeverud told reporters on Thursday morning.
"I understand that many people are afraid, but it's important to emphasise that the police are now in control," she said.
the attacker is said to have launched the assault inside a coop extra supermarket on kongsberg's west side.
One of those injured was an off-duty police officer who was in the shop at the time.
One witness told local outlet TV2 she had heard a commotion and seen a woman taking cover, then a "man standing on the corner with arrows in a quiver on his shoulder and a bow in his hand".
"Afterwards, I saw people running for their lives.
Police have told Norwegian news agency NTB that the attacker also used other weapons during the incident, without giving more details on what they were.
Are you in the area?
the suspect was taken to a police station in the town of drammen, where his defence lawyer, fredrik neumann, said he was questioned.
Norway's outgoing justice minister Monica Maeland told reporters the police did not yet know whether or not it was act of terrorism and could not comment on details emerging about the suspect.
Police prosecutor Ann Irén Svane Mathiassen told TV2 that the man had lived in Kongsberg for several years and was known to police.
Mr Store said it was a "gruesome and brutal act", hours before announcing his new cabinet.
'The man used a bow and arrow ... for some of the attacks,' police chief Øyvind Aas told reporters adding that police were investigating whether other weapons had also been used.
Police first spotted the man at 6.18pm.
Norway's outgoing Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the attack 'shocking' and 'gruesome' in a press conference late on Wednesday.
Labour party leader Jonas Gahr Store, who is due to become prime minister today after an election last month, described the killings as 'cruel and brutal' and said his thoughts were with 'those affected, their families, and with the police, the health workers who are now working full time to assist those who need help. '
Breivik first set off a bomb in the capital Oslo next to the building that housed the office of the prime minister, then went on a shooting spree at a summer camp for left-wing youths on the island of Utoya.
'We can unfortunately confirm that there are several injured and also unfortunately several killed in this episode,' Aas told a news conference.
Hours after at least five people were killed and two were injured in the attack, the second amendment advocate said it showed gun control laws would not prevent mass killings.
Ms Solberg said the bow and arrow killing shortly after 6pm local time also shocked the country.
Stay up to date with our posts
Seamless Daily is an innovative news platform that is updated 24/7 to help you keep up to date with all the current events around the globe.
Our team of professional editors as well as our state-of-the-art artificial intelligence platforms ensure that our curation is accurate, fact-checked, and trustworthy.