ARAB NEWS: KONGSBERG (Norway): Five people were killed in a shooting-bow attack in Norway. The Norwegian security service claimed that the killing was an act of terror. They already had the suspect, a Danish Muslim convert to Islam, on their radar due to fears that he might have been radicalized.
On Wednesday, four women and one man were killed and two other people were injured in Norway’s worst attack in a decade.
“The events at Kongsberg appeared to be an act terrorist, but the investigation…will determine in greater detail why the acts were motivated,” Norway’s intelligence agency PST stated in a statement.
“We’re talking about a convert to Islam,” police official Ole Bredrup Saeverud told reporters on Thursday, adding: “There were fears linked to radicalization previously.”
Saeverud said the 37-year-old suspect had confessed to the facts of the matter during questioning. The victims were all between 50 to 70. ages.
Saeverud said, “We are investigating among others to determine whether it was an act of terror.”
Saeverud stated that reports linking him to radicalization predated this year and that police had pursued the matter at the time. He said that there were no reports of him in 2021, earlier than this year.
“We are fairly certain that he acted on his own.”
PST confirmed that the suspect was known, but said they couldn’t provide “further details . “
They also stated that they did not believe the country’s threat level had changed and described it as “moderate .”
“. PST stated that “Our assessment is that what occurred in Kongsberg Wednesday, October 13 doesn’t change the national threat assessment.”
Norway is not known for its murders.
It was the most brutal attack on 77 since far-right extremist Anders Behring Breik murdered 2011. people.
Norway has been the victim of a far-right attack by a self-declared neo-Nazi, who set fire to a mosque.
On Thursday it was a largely quiet in Kongsberg, picturesque town of 25,000 people with wooden facades and the foliage changing color for the autumn. ) Streets were nearly empty, with very few police officers.
A few officers stood guard outside the store where the attack occurred. The shot cracked a glass door.
Outside the church of the town, two candles flickered.
Friday’s custody hearing was scheduled for the suspect.
The prosecutor stated that he was going through a psychiatric exam on Thursday.
Although the victims are not known, one of them was an off-duty officer from police who was in a shop.
Norwegian media asked why police took more than half an hour to arrest the suspect following the initial reports of the attack.
The attack was reported to police at 6: 13 PM. (1613 GMT). The suspect was then arrested at 6:47 PM. Saeverud stated that he fired arrows at the police and they responded with warning shots.
Thomas Nilsen heard the screaming and thought of war.
He told AFP that he thought it was Kabul.
Terje Kristiansen, another witness said that she heard children barking, screaming and then the sound a helicopter making a circle around my house.
He added, “I didn’t sleep much.”
Images from the media showed a black bow sticking out of a wall, and what appeared to be competition-grade arrows lying in the ground.
Police claimed Thursday that the suspect also used other weapons but did not provide any details.
“These events shaken us,” Prime Minister Erna Sollberg stated. She was replaced by Jonas Gahr Store of the Labor Party, who won recent parliamentary elections.
Store lamented the “horrible actions,” while Norway’s King Harald stated that he was shocked by the “tragic events .”
“. Norwegian police officers are not usually armed. Breivik murdered 77 citizens in Norway’s worst massacre since World War II.
Breivik set off the bomb in Oslo near the building housing the office of the prime Minister. Then he went on a shooting spree at the Utoya summer camp for left-wing youth.
Security services have stopped several planned Daesh-linked attacks.
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