AND a 37-year-old Dane the man who yesterday armed with a bow and arrow killed five people, injuring two others, a Kongsberg, 70 kilometers south of Oslo, in Norway, sowing panic among the population. Police, after hours of secrecy over the investigation, said the man tried to escape after a fight with the agents but now admitted to being responsible for the attack and seems struck by the situation that has arisen, while the country was reliving the nightmare of Utoya massacre of 2011. And what emerges from the first investigations is that it is a act of terrorism, with the man it was recently converted to Islam. The Norwegian police officer, Ole Bredrup Saeverud, reported that the man was already under attention and that “there were fears related to radicalization”, but that “there were no reports of him in 2021”.
In addition to the known radicalization, it also emerges that man has several precedents, especially arrests for small amounts of the drug. The Norwegian broadcaster reports Nrk which specifies how the 37-year-old in 2020 had been subjected to a six-month restraint order for having threatened to kill a family member.
During a press conference in the night, Oyvind Aas, Kongsberg police chief, reported that the man is reportedly “The only person involved” in the attack and was arrested at the end of a “confrontation” with the police: “We are investigating to confirm that he acted alone, we have no different information, but we are continuing the investigation to be completely safe,” added Bredrup Saeverud. At the moment “the threat level in Norway it is considered moderate. The Pst (national intelligence services, ed) still believes it possible that Islamic extremists and right-wing extremists will try to carry out terrorist attacks in Norway – a statement reads – Attacks on randomly hit people in public places are a recurring modus operandi among Islamic extremists who practice terror in the West “.
The two injured people are found in intensive care, one of them is an agent who was off duty at the time of the attack. However, he did not want to comment on the conditions of his colleague Aas, adding instead that the attack took place over a “large area” and that there are several crime scenes.
The Norwegian Prime Minister in charge, Jonas Gahr Stre, he called the attack “A cruel and brutal act”. “Last night I was informed by the Minister of Justice Monica Mæland about what happened – he told the Norwegian agency NTB – My thoughts and deepest solidarity now go out to those affected, their families and the police, health personnel and rescue teams who are now working tirelessly to get the full picture and assist those in need of help “. The outgoing prime minister Erna Solberg instead he spoke of “Gruesome news” with the 37-year-old who “committed horrible acts against several people”. Condolences were also expressed by the President of the Parliament Eva Kristin Hansen and the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven who in a tweet spoke of a “terrible attack”.