Norwegian Police Call Bow Attack in Kongsberg a Terrorist Attack
OREANDA-NEWS. The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) regards the bow attack in Kongsberg as a terrorist attack.
"The events in Kongsberg are presented as a terrorist act at the moment," said a statement posted on the PST website.
It is noted that the police during the investigation will try to determine the motives of the crime.
The threat level in Norway is assessed as "moderate."
"What happened in Kongsberg ... does not change the picture of the national threat," the statement said.
On Wednesday night, police detained a man in central Kongsberg who fired a bow, injured two and killed at least five. The police do not rule out a version of a terrorist attack. The suspect is known to have acted alone. The detainee was a 37-year-old Dane living in Kongsberg, he was charged. He admitted that he had done what he was accused of, expressed his readiness to cooperate with the police, but did not explain the motives for the massacre.
The person accused of killing five people with a bow in Norway will undergo a forensic psychiatric examination, according to the NRK TV company, citing a spokesman for the department, Ann Irene Svane Mathiassen.
"The accused ... must undergo a forensic psychiatric examination. A preliminary analysis must be carried out ... This examination will begin today," the statement on the TV company's website says.
According to the attacker's neighbor, to whom the VG edition refers, the shooter fenced in his yard with "a hammer, a club and various sticks."
Earlier, a spokesman for the Norwegian police Ole Bredrup Severud said that back in 2020, the police received alarming reports about the accused.