Norwegian police are investigating last night’s bow and arrow attack that killed five and injured two as it pertains to terror.
Police charged a 37-year-old Danish man after he allegedly started a half-hour-long stampede from inside a supermarket in the city of Kongsberg last night.
Several independent sources have informed Norwegian broadcaster TV2 that the suspect has converted to Islam.
A large area of the small town, about 50 miles from Oslo, was evacuated and cordoned off after the suspect opened fire.
An off-duty police officer was among those injured in the horrific attack, who was inside a Cop Xtra supermarket during the stampede.
There were mad screams of women… I’ve never heard anything like this, it was a death cry
He is one of two people deemed to be in intensive care.
According to local media, the lone killer was arrested after a “confrontation” with police, where warning shots were fired. Followed in the streets and alleys.
He is taken to the nearby town of Dramon where he is charged with shocking mass murder.
The harrowing images taken at a street show are trapped inside a wall after the suspect reportedly missed his target.
Witnesses told of finding a seriously injured woman with an arrow in her body calling for help in a pool of blood near a traffic junction.
One told TV2: “There were crazy screams of women. I’ve never heard that. It was a cry of death.”
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Another said: “There’s a guy just outside my apartment shooting a bow and arrow at people. The police and several helicopters are here.”
Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg reassured the nation “the police are now in control” at a news conference on the “horrific” attack.
In response to the incident, police across Norway – usually unarmed – were immediately ordered to carry guns.
Officials are investigating whether the attack was a terrorist act.
Police believe the suspect acted alone, police chief Ovind Aas told reporters: “The man has been apprehended.
“According to the information we have now, this person carried out these actions alone. Many people have been injured and many people have died.
“One person has done these tasks alone.
“It is natural to consider whether this 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 said there were “multiple crime scenes” in the violence, which took place just before 6.30 pm local time.
Mayor Kari Anne Sand said a crisis center had been set up in the town: “This is a tragedy for all those affected. I’m speechless.”
The attack took place on the eve of the new government coming to power.
Ms Solberg said the handover would not be affected by the mass murder and that the new prime minister would be sworn in as planned.
Arrows fired were seen in the city last night as bomb squads, police dogs and soldiers were present at the spot.
The investigation continues.
Last night’s shooting was the deadliest attack in Norway in a decade since right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in 2011.
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