Norway bow attack – Killer, 30, who shot dead 5 & injured 2 is Muslim convert according to reports but motive unknown

NORWEGIAN cops have arrested an alleged Islam convert following a bow and arrow attack last night that killed five and injured two people.

Several independent sources have informed Norwegian broadcaster TV 2 the 37-year-old suspect in the half-an-hour long rampage in the town of Kongsberg, is a convert to Islam.

APSeveral people have been killed and others injured by a man armed with a bow and arrow in a town west of the Norwegian capital, Oslo[/caption]

An arrow left in a wall following the rampage

 

A large area of the small town, some 50 miles from Oslo, was evacuated and cordoned off after the suspect opened fire.

Among those injured in the horror attack was an off-duty police officer, who was inside a Coop Extra supermarket during the rampage.

He is one of two people understood to be in intensive care.

There were crazy screams of women… I’ve never heard anything like it, it was a death cry

Witness

The lone assassin was arrested after a “confrontation” with police where warning shots were fired, according to local media. A chase took place down streets and alleys.

He was taken to the nearby town of Drammen where he was charged with the shocking mass killing.

Harrowing images taken in the street show arrows stuck inside a wall after the suspect allegedly missed his target.


Witnesses spoke of finding a seriously injured woman with an arrow in her body calling out for help in a pool of blood near a traffic junction.

One told TV 2: “There were crazy screams of women. I’ve never heard anything like it. It was a death cry.”

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Another said: “There is a guy with bow and arrow shooting at people just outside my apartment. Police and multiple helicopters are here.”

Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg reassured the nation “the police are now in control” in a press conference on the “gruesome” attack.

In response to the incident, cops across Norway – usually unarmed – were immediately ordered to carry guns.

Authorities are looking into whether the attack was an act of terrorism.

Police believe the suspect acted alone, with police chief Øyvind Aas telling reporters: “The man has been apprehended.

“From the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone. Several people have been injured and several are dead.

“One person has performed these actions alone.

“It is natural to consider whether it is an act of terrorism. But the man has not been questioned and it is too early to come to any conclusion.”

The police chief added there were “several crime scenes” in the rampage, which took place just before 6.30pm local time.

‘GRUESOME’

Mayor Kari Anne Sand said a crisis centre had been established in the town adding: “It is a tragedy for all those affected. I am speechless.”

The attack happened on the eve of a new government taking power.

Ms Solberg said the mass murder would not affect the handover and the new prime minister would be sworn in as planned.

Discarded arrows were spotted in the town last night as bomb squads, police dogs and soldiers remained on site.

The investigation continues.

Last night’s shooting was the deadliest attack in Norway in a decade after far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in 2011.  

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APPart of the town was evacuated and cordoned off[/caption]

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Several others were also injured in the horror attack

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