COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – A 37-year-old Dane is in custody in Norway on suspicion of a bow and arrow attack on a small town that left five dead and two injured, the police said on Thursday. police.
The man, who has not been identified, confessed to having gone on a rampage in Kongsberg, southwest of the capital Oslo, prosecutor Ann Iren Svane Matthiassen said, adding that he was questioned overnight.
Several of the victims were in a supermarket, police said.
The man, who lives in Kongsberg, is known to the police, Svane Matthiassen told Norwegian television channel TV2.
Norwegian NTB news agency quoted police as saying the suspect had used other weapons as well.
There was a “clash” between the police and the assailant in connection with the arrest, police said without giving details.
The two hospitalized victims are in intensive care. Among them, a policeman on leave who was inside the store. Their condition was not immediately known.
The suspect is being held on preliminary charges, which is a step short of formal charges. The police believe he acted alone.
Police were alerted to the attack around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and arrested the suspect about 30 minutes later.
Police spokesman Oeyvind Aas said that “we will come back to a more detailed description of the course of events when we have a better overview of what happened.”
“It goes without saying that this is a very serious and widespread situation, and it naturally affects Kongsberg and those who live here,” he said.
Prime Minister-designate Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is due to take office later Thursday, called the attack “horrific”.
“It’s unreal. But the reality is that five people have been killed, many are injured and many are in shock, ”Gahr Stoere told Norwegian television station NRK on Thursday.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wrote on Twitter that he was “shocked and saddened by the tragic news from Norway”.
City officials said the main church was open to anyone in need of support.
Kongsberg, a small town of about 26,000 residents, lies about 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo.