“Unfortunately I can confirm that five people have died and two have been injured,” local police officer Civind Ass told a news conference.
Both of the injured were admitted to the hospital in the intensive care unit, but, according to Civind Asin, there was no sign that their lives were in danger. One of them was an on-duty policeman who was in the store, one of the many places where the attack took place.
One suspect has been arrested. “According to the information we have now, only one person is involved in these acts,” the policeman added.
The motives for the attack are not yet known.
“As the facts come out, it is natural to assess whether this is a terrorist attack,” Civind Ass told a news conference shortly afterwards.
“The suspect has not been asked and it is too soon to comment on his motives,” he added, adding that investigators “opened up all possibilities”.
No other suspect is needed
A spokesman told AFP that the Intelligence Service (BSD) was on high alert. “These are just speculations at the moment,” spokesman Martin Bernson said when asked about the possibility of a terrorist attack.
Police did not provide details of the suspect, except for one person who was taken to a police station in the nearby town of Drumman. She did not confirm or deny that he was familiar with the services.
No other suspects were actively sought.
“These events are shaking us,” said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. On Thursday, he will hand over his post to Labor Jonas Kahar Store, which won the September 13 assembly election.
At 6:13 pm (4:13 pm GMT) information, police arrested the suspect at 6:47 pm. In the small town of 25,000 people, about 80 kilometers west of Oslo, access to the scene of the attack was blocked by police security and agents, the AFP reporter said.
Residents were invited to stay at home. Several neighborhoods were cordoned off, and television footage showed a large number of armed police forces and ambulances parked.
A helicopter and demining team were also dispatched.
The Norwegian Police Directorate has ordered that police officers, who are generally unarmed, carry weapons on a temporary basis across the country.
The NRK public broadcaster showed a photo sent by a witness on his website with a black arrow firmly stuck in the wall. In other photos, you can see the match arrows lying on the ground.
In the past, Norway, a traditionally peaceful country, has been the target of far-right attacks.
On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb near a government seat in Oslo, killing 77 people and injuring 69 others, before firing on a workers’ youth rally on the island of Usya.
In August 2019, Philip Manshas was shot dead in a mosque near Oslo. He had previously racially abused his foster Asian-born sister.
Many plans for Islamic attacks were thwarted.
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