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Five people confirmed dead and more injured by killer armed with a bow and arrows in Norway

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At least five people have been killed and two others injured by a man using a bow and arrows to carry out attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg.

Police arrested the suspect after he marauded through the town for 34 minutes firing randomly at victims and are probing a possible terror motive. 

'We can unfortunately confirm that there are several injured and also unfortunately several killed in this episode,' police official Oyvind Aas told a news conference. 

'The man who committed this act has been arrested by the police and, according to our information, there is only one person involved.' 

Aas added it was only 'natural' to consider the possibility the attack was an act of terrorism. He declined to comment on the number of casualties but broadcaster NRK reported at least five people had died, citing sources close to investigators.   

The suspect opened fire inside a Coop Extra supermarket in the town's west around 18:30 local time and was later apprehended by police following a 'confrontation' with officers in which they fired warning shots. He was taken to a police station in the nearby town of Drammen for questioning. 

Two injured victims, including an off duty policeman who was inside the grocery store, were taken to the emergency ward of a nearby hospital in a serious but non-life threatening condition.  

At least four people have been killed and others injured by a man using a bow and arrows to carry out attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg

An arrow was left stuck in a wall at the scene of a bow and arrows and attack on members of the public in Kongsberg, Norway

Arrows were seen littered around Kongsberg on Wednesday following the attack which left several dead and more injured 

Police confirmed multiple injuries and several deaths after the attack but declined to comment on the number of casualties

Police dogs were seen combing the scene of the attack on Wednesday evening after officers arrested the suspect following a 'confrontation'

The attacks took place over 'a large area' of Kongsberg as the suspect moved through the town, police said. 

Local media reported the suspect opened fire from inside a Coop Extra supermarket in the town's west.  A spokesperson for the chain later confirmed a 'serious incident' at their Kongsberg store and said no staff were physically injured.   

Police were alerted to the shooter at 18:16 and arrested the suspect at 18:47 local time. Regional paper Laagendalsposten reported armed police chased the suspect, possibly shooting him, before making the arrest.  

Sarkis Younan, a student who lives next to the Coop Extra store, told local media: 'I was sitting and watching Squid Game when I suddenly saw and heard sirens. I thought it was in the TV series. Suddenly I heard the police screaming like hell: 'Put down your weapon''.'

Younan, 24, said police entered the store while other armed officers warned residents to remain indoors. 

Officers have cordoned large areas of the town, a municipality of around 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, 82km (51 miles) from Oslo, and urged the public to stay home. 

Some of the arrows pictured strewn around the site of the attack appeared to be crossbow bolts while others had flights indicating they could be used with a bow. 

'The man used a bow and arrow ... for some of the attacks,' police chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters adding that police were investigating whether other weapons had also been used. 

Television footage showed ambulances, armed police, a helicopter, and bomb disposal team in the area. 

The TV2 station reported that the man also had a knife or other weapons. And the website of public broadcaster NRK published an image sent by a witness of a black arrow sticking out of a wall. 

'There is no active search for other people,' Aas said. Police said it was 'natural' to probe terrorism as a possible motive. 

Police are understood to be interviewing several witnesses.  

A helicopter was seen landing near the scene of the attack in which at least four people were killed and several more injured in Kongsberg, Norway, on Wednesday evening

Officials are thought to be probing a possible terror motive after the suspect fired at random victims across a 'wide area' of Kongsberg

'We can unfortunately confirm that there are several injured and also unfortunately several killed in this episode,' police official Oyvind Aas (pictured) told a news conference

Unni Grøndal, Oslo police spokesperson: 'We are helping with national assistance resources such as police helicopters, bomb squads, and crews from the Emergency Response Troop.' 

At least eight ambulances and three air ambulances were seen at the scene with the wounded taken to hospital. 

It was not immediately clear where the wounded were taken but Oslo University Hospital was put on standby to receive victims.  The number of victims is not yet known.  

Mayor Kari Anne Sand told VG newspaper: 'It is a tragedy for all those affected. I have no words. This is a shocking event that we did not think could happen in Norway.' 

Following the attacks, the police directorate said it had immediately ordered officers nationwide to carry firearms. Norwegian police are normally unarmed but officers have access to guns and rifles when needed.

'This is an extra precaution. The police have no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level,' the directorate said in a statement. 

Norway's minister of justice and public security, Monica Maeland, has received updates on the attacks and was closely monitoring the situation, the ministry said. 

Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the attack 'shocking' and 'gruesome' and said it was too early to determine the shooter's motive.  

City officials invited people who were affected by the attack and their relatives to gather for support at a local hotel.

At least eight ambulances and three air ambulances were seen at the scene with the wounded taken to hospital. However the number of wounded, or their condition, were not yet known

Officers have cordoned large areas of Kongsberg, a municipality of around 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, where at least five people were killed and more injured in an attack on Wednesday

Norway has traditionally been a peaceful nation but has suffered far-right attacks.

Right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik carried out twin attacks that killed 77 people on July 22, 2011.

Breivik first set off a bomb in the capital Oslo next to the building that housed the office of the prime minister, then went on a shooting spree at a summer camp for left-wing youths on the island of Utoya.  

Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum under Norwegian law, but his term can be extended as long as he's considered a danger to society.

In August 2019, self-proclaimed neo-Nazi Philip Manshaus opened fire into a mosque on the outskirts of Oslo before being overpowered by worshippers, with no one being seriously injured.

However, he had earlier shot dead his step-sister, who had been adopted from China, in what prosecutors termed a 'racist act'.

Several planned jihadist attacks have also been foiled by security services. 

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