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Norway bow and arrow attacker, who killed 5, had transformed to Islam with police apprehensive over radicalization indicators

Norway bow and arrow attacker, who killed 5, had converted to Islam with police worried over radicalization signs


A Danish man who killed 5 and injured two in a bow-and-arrow assault within the Norwegian city of Kongsberg on Wednesday had transformed to Islam and was identified to police, in keeping with the nation’s legislation enforcement.

Talking on Thursday, Norwegian regional police chief Ole Bredrup Saeverud stated {that a} 37-year-old Danish citizen who has been detained after a bow-and-arrow assault in Kongsberg on Wednesday was identified to police.

Saeverud advised a information convention that the suspect had transformed to Islam and police intelligence had recognized indicators of radicalization. His obvious radicalization had been famous as a priority previous to the assault.

The Muslim convert, who’s believed to have acted alone, is being held in reference to the homicide of 5 individuals, during which two extra city residents, together with an off-duty officer, have been injured.

Police legal professional Ann Irén Svane Mathiassen advised native media that the 37-year-old had been identified to police for “a number of totally different points” and had been “involved with… the well being service a number of instances.” 

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Saeverud confirmed that the suspect has been cooperative however couldn’t disclose what had been mentioned. 

After the incident on Wednesday night, police stated they might examine whether or not the incident was associated to terrorism.

The Danish citizen had rampaged round Kongsberg, a mining city southwest of Oslo with a inhabitants of round 26,000. In response to native media, the assault began in a grocery store.

The victims have been all aged between 50 and 70, Saeverud famous on Thursday morning.

Additionally on Thursday, Oslo police tweeted that there had been a sighting of a person carrying a bow and arrow within the Huseby space, within the capital’s north-west. “There was no risk and now we have not obtained info that anybody is injured.”

In a change from regular protocol, all law enforcement officials from Thursday will carry firearms as an additional precaution. “The police don’t have any indication to date that there’s a change within the nationwide risk stage,” the legislation enforcement directorate stated in a press release.

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