At least five people were killed and others injured by a man who used a bow and arrow to carry out an attack in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday, police said.
Local media reported that the raid fired at a Coop Extra supermarket in the western part of town, and then ordered residents to stay indoors and large areas were crossed.
Police said the attacks took place in “a large area” and covered “multiple crime scenes” across the town, a municipality of approximately 28,000 people approximately 10 miles from Oslo. in southeastern Norway.
According to police, the suspect walked around the town of Kongsberg shooting arrows.
Kongsberg’s police chief said there was a “confrontation” between the officers and the attacker, but he would not elaborate.
Two other people were injured and hospitalized in intensive care, including an officer who was not on duty and inside the store where the attack took place, police said.
“Many people were injured and many died,” police chief Oeyvind Aas said. He declined to comment on the death toll, but local broadcaster NRK gave the death toll to five.
Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the attack as “horrible” and said it was too early to think about a motive. He told a press conference on Wednesday night that police were in control of the situation.
The prime minister-appointed, Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is expected to be accepted into office on Thursday, called the attack “a cruel and brutal act” in comments to Norwegian news agency NTB.
The injured were taken to hospital, but police have not yet released details about their condition.
“The reports coming out of Kongsberg tonight are frightening,” Ms Solberg said at a conference.
“I understand that a lot of people are scared, but it’s important to emphasize that the police are already in control.”