The bow is a weapon used to propel arrows. It consists of a string, which is attached at one end to the archer’s thumb and at the other to a curved stick called a “yew” or “elm.”
According to authorities, a guy carrying a bow and arrows murdered five people and wounded two more in Norway on Wednesday evening.
The assault started just after 6 p.m. local time at a store in Kongsberg, near Oslo, when the suspect fired arrows at customers and passers-by, according to a police spokesperson.
According to Police Chief yvind Aas, a man suspected of being the attacker has been detained, and police are investigating his motivation.
Mr. Aas said the two wounded individuals are being treated at a local hospital, one of whom is an off-duty police officer who happened to be at the store at the time of the assault. He went on to say that the suspect acted alone and that he hasn’t been questioned yet.
In a televised press conference, Mr. Aas remarked, “It is reasonable to examine if this is an act of terrorism [but] it is too early to draw any judgments.”
He said the perpetrator was apprehended approximately 30 minutes after the initial report of the assault was received by police. Before apprehending the man, officers fired warning bullets, according to Mr. Aas.
Following the assault, an arrow protruded through a wall.
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Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, stated Wednesday night, “We have been shocked by this incident…the stories coming in are horrific.”
Police blocked off parts of Kongsberg, a ski resort, and dispatched a tactical team specialized in terrorist assaults and hostage situations. Helicopters circled the town, and dozens of ambulances were spotted at several crime sites, according to authorities.
Images of arrows lodged in building walls or laying on the sidewalk where the assault took place were aired by local media.
Following the assault, police officers throughout the nation were required to carry firearms while on duty, even if they were usually unarmed. According to a police spokesperson, the precautionary step was taken because of information regarding increased danger levels.
Norway has stringent gun regulations that prohibit private ownership of automatic weapons, although hunters and sport shooters who acquire a firearms license, which needs a clean police record, are permitted to purchase specific kinds of pistols and rifles.
Norway, one of the world’s wealthiest and least-crime nations, has recently been struck by horrific shootings. A shooter opened fire at a mosque in Oslo in 2019, but no one was hurt because worshippers swiftly overcame the attacker.
In 2011, far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 people in and around Oslo, the most of them were teenagers attending a center-left summer camp.
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