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Norway bow-and-arrow assault seems to be 'act of terror', home safety service says, follow-up violence a threat

Norway bow-and-arrow attack appears to be 'act of terror', domestic security service says, follow-up violence a risk


The bow and arrow incident in Norway’s Kongsberg seems to be an act of terrorism, the nation’s safety companies have reported. The assault by a suspected Islamist claimed 5 lives and left two individuals injured.

Additional investigation into the main points of the assault and the motives behind it’s nonetheless required, the Norwegian Police Safety Service (PST) mentioned in an announcement. The home safety service pledged its assist to the police pressure within the investigation and mentioned it nonetheless thought-about the terrorist risk in Norway to be “reasonable”.

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The PST is trying to stop follow-up assaults by copycats or doable revenge violence, the assertion mentioned.

Wednesday’s bow-and-arrow assault within the southwestern Norwegian municipality was carried out by a 37-year-old Danish citizen, the police mentioned earlier. He was arrested following the spree of violence.

Regional Police Chief Ole Bredrup Saeverud mentioned there have been indicators that the unidentified perpetrator had been radicalized. He transformed to Islam someday earlier than the assault. Investigators imagine he was performing alone.

Earlier on Thursday, Norwegian media reported that one other suspicious particular person armed with a bow and arrows was noticed in Oslo, however the metropolis police assured the general public that the archer posed no risk.

The attacker apparently focused random individuals within the small city of 26,000. He shot arrows at victims inside an area grocery store and within the streets, killing 5 and injuring two. All of the victims had been aged between 50 and 70, the police chief mentioned. One of many injured was an off-duty regulation enforcement officer.

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