Sunday, December 5, 2021

Norway town absorbs horror of local’s bow-and-arrow attack

KONGSBURG, Norway – Residents of a Norwegian town with a proud heritage of producing coins, weapons and silver were grappling with the horrifying knowledge on Friday that someone living in their community had stopped their grocery shopping or other evening activities. used a bow and arrow to attack the men – and succeeded in killing five of them.

In a central square in Kongsberg, a former mining town of 26,000 people surrounded by mountains and southwest of the Norwegian capital, people lit flowers and candles in honor of four women and one man killed in Wednesday’s attack. Police said the age of the victims was between 50 and 70.

“It’s a small community, so almost everyone knows each other, so it’s a very strange and very sad experience for us,” said Ingeborg Spangelo, a teacher who brought her students to the immediate memorial. “It’s almost real or unreal.”

Authorities arrested a Kongsberg resident, identified as 37-year-old Danish national Espen Andersen Brathen, after he began shooting arrows at a supermarket, where police tried to confront him, but when he opened fire on them So he lost his sight. He had to take cover, law enforcement officials have said.

Police said Anderson drove from a Brathen supermarket to a quiet downtown neighborhood of wooden houses and birch trees, where he opened fire on people across the street and inside some apartments. Three were injured with five people killed.

Senior police officer Per Thomas Omholt said on Friday that three weapons were used in the attack, but he declined to identify the types or explain how the five victims were killed, saying investigators need more witnesses. need to be interviewed and their accounts should not be tarnished by what they read in the news.

Officials who responded to the first alert at 6.13 am. Afternoon, encountered the criminal in the supermarket. It was here that an off-duty police officer who was shopping was injured by an arrow in the shoulder. The police were shot twice with arrows, and as they sought shelter and called for reinforcements, they lost visual contact with the suspect who managed to escape. Investigators believe all five people died after the suspect appeared before the police.

“The murders were committed both outside and inside the house. Among other things, the (suspect) has visited a private address. In addition, arrows were fired at people in a public place,” Omholt said at a press conference.

The regional prosecutor leading the investigation has said that Anderson Brathen confessed to the murders after his arrest, and police said they believed he acted alone. Norway’s domestic intelligence agency said on Thursday that the case appeared to be “an act of terrorism”, but cautioned that the investigation was ongoing.

Norwegian broadcaster NRK said Friday that in 2015 the agency, known by its acronym PST, received information about Andersen Brathen and met the suspect in 2017. The following year, PST contacted Norwegian health authorities about the man and concluded that he was not motivated by religion or ideology, but was seriously mentally ill.

Ohmholt said that as of Friday, investigators were continuing to rule out possible causes or causes of the attack, but that his “strongest hypothesis for motive is disease.” Anderson Brathen’s “health has worsened,” the official said, declining to give details.

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