The Norwegian Police were investigating the author of the attack in which five people died and two were injured on Wednesday in Kongsberg, southwest Norway, due to Islamist radicalization. As explained at a press conference by the district commissioner, Ole Bredrup Sæverud, in the Corps “there was a concern related to its radicalization”, although they have not registered “any notice in 2021”.
Sæverud has stressed, however, that the investigation is at an early stage and that it will take time to clarify the reasons, for which he has refused to assure that it is a terrorist attack. The attacker, a 37-year-old Danish resident of Kongsberg for a long time, used more weapons in the attack and police are “pretty sure” he acted alone.
Five people died in the act: four women and a man between the ages of 50 and 70 and whose identity has not yet been made public. In addition, there were two injured, one of whom is a police officer who was on a day off.
The Norwegian Police received at 18.13 local time a notice that a man armed with a bow and arrows was moving through the center of Kongsberg, and five minutes later, several officers had contact with him, but he managed to escape after shooting arrows at them. The arrest took place at 6:47 p.m. local time, and in the action the police fired warning shots.
“From what we know so far, it seems clear that the aggressor killed some, probably all, after having had contact for the first time with the Police,” said Sæverud, at the same time that he asked that they stop broadcasting by social networks videos and photos of the attack.
The investigating prosecutor, Ann Irén Svane Mathiassen, had previously revealed to the Norwegian media that the individual has admitted the facts and that he “contacted” the health services on several occasions in the past.
During the persecution of the attacker, in which helicopters and special police forces were mobilized, the authorities asked residents to stay home after verifying that a person had been shot with an arrow.
Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the events “horrible”, terms similar to those used by the opposition leader, Labor Jonas Gahr Støre, who will take over as head of government this Thursday after winning the general elections a month ago.
The Kongsberg city council has set up a reception center for relatives and affected people and mobilized a crisis team to deal with the situation.