In Norway: A gunman shot and killed five people In Norway. A gunman shot dead five people and wounded two others in Kingsberg. A gunman shot and killed five people and wounded two others in the southeastern Norwegian town of Kingsberg, according to a foreign news agency.
Police say the injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital. According to police, the attacker targeted civilians at various places in the area after which he was arrested. Police said the motive for the incident was not immediately known but an investigation was underway.
Police first received a report at 18:13 GMT (16:13 GMT) in the town of Kingsberg, southwest of the capital Oslo.
Chief Avindas said a suspect has been arrested and appears to have acted alone. A spokesman said police would investigate whether it was an act of terrorism. Prime Minister Erna Solberg said reports of the incident were alarming.
“I think a lot of people are scared, but it’s important to emphasize that the police are in control now.”
The assaulter struck shortly after noon in front of a Cope Extra supermarket on the west bank of the Kingsburg. Among the injured was an off-duty police officer who was at the shop at the time. A spokesman for Zanjeer later confirmed a “serious incident” at his store, adding that none of his staff had been physically injured.
The alleged attacker and police clashed before he was finally taken into custody at 18:47 local time. According to AFP news agency, a witness told local shop TV2 that he heard a commotion and saw a woman covered, then a man standing in the corner with a fork on his shoulder and a bow in his hand. ۔
“Later, I saw people running for their lives. One of them was a woman holding a child by the hand,” he added.
Chief Aas told reporters that officers were also investigating whether the attacker had used other weapons during the incident.
The suspect moved to a larger area, and authorities cordoned off several parts of the city. Residents were ordered to stay indoors so that authorities could inspect the scene and gather evidence. The suspect has now been taken to a police station in the town of Drammen. This is yet to be questioned.
Dozens of emergency vehicles are at the scene, including ambulances, police cars and helicopters. The ministry tweeted that Norwegian Justice Minister Monica Meland had been notified and was keeping a close eye on the situation.
The country’s police directorate has ordered all officers across the country to carry firearms as an extra precaution. The police are not usually armed in the country. The Directorate said in a statement (in Norway)
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