The attack happened yesterday in Kongsberg (southwestern Norway), in which a convert to radical Islam killed five people and wounded two with a bow and arrows, “Points” to a terrorist attack, the intelligence services reported today.
“The events in Kongsberg point to a terrorist attack for the time being, but it will be the investigation, conducted by the southwestern district police, that will determine what motivated them.“, They said in a statement from the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), the Norwegian intelligence service.
The individual, identified as Espen Andersen Bråthen, a 37-year-old dane, was on a list of people who worried about his radicalization, the Police had informed hours before.
The PST collaborates with the police with “relevant” information that can contribute to the investigation and works to find out if the attack can inspire others to commit “Serious acts of violence”, although it has no information at the moment that this is the case.
“The accused was known to the PST without being able to give more details”, reported Norwegian intelligence, for which the attack does not change the level of terrorist threat, which remains moderate.
The PST highlighted that random attacks on people in public places are a common modus operandi among Islamic fundamentalists who commit terrorist acts in the West.
The police take it for granted that the man, which will be presented to the court tomorrow to request preventive detention, acted alone and has confirmed that he used more weapons, in addition to the The victims are four women and a man between 50 and 70 years of age.
Local authorities received a notice yesterday at 18.13 local time (16.13 GMT) that a man with a bow and arrows was moving through the center of Kongsberg, and five minutes later several agents had contact with him, but he managed to escape after shooting them.
The arrest took place at 6:47 p.m. local time, and in the action the police fired warning shots.
Police reports suggest that the killings occurred after the first contact with the officers.
The Kongsberg city council has set up a shelter for relatives and affected people and mobilized a crisis team to deal with the situation.
(With information from EFE)