Five dead in Norway Bow and Arrow attack

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Authorities said a 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicions of carrying out a deadly attack in Kongsberg town, south-west of the capital city Oslo about 18:13 local time.

Authorities said five people were killed in the heinous incident.

Detectives said the man acted alone and is currently being investigated as an act of terrorism.

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.

A spokesperson for the chain later confirmed a “serious incident” at their store, adding that none of their staff were physically injured.

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, 34 minutes after the attack began.

The suspect was taken to a police station in the town of Drammen, where he was questioned for more than three hours, according to Fredrik Neumann, the defense lawyer.

He added that the suspect has a Danish mother and Norwegian father.

Norway’s 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.

The man had lived in Kongsberg for several years and was known to police, said Police prosecutor Ann Irén Svane Matthiessen.

The attack came on the final day of Erna Solberg’s conservative government, and a new justice minister will take over the case on Thursday under a center-left coalition led by Labor leader Jonas Gahr Store.

Mr Store said it was a “gruesome and brutal act”.

Norway’s police directorate has ordered all officers nationwide to carry firearms as an extra precaution. Usually police in the country are not armed.

The attack was Norway’s deadliest since far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 people, most of them at a children’s Labour Party summer camp on the island of Utoya in July 2011.

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