Norwegian police have announced that five people killed in Norway last week were all stabbed to death and not shot with arrows as initially suspected.
Four women and one man, aged between 52 and 78, were killed on Wednesday in the attack in Kongsberg, a town about 70 kilometers west of the capital, Oslo. The suspect was armed with a bow and arrow, which he shot at several people, wounding at least one, but on Monday the police inspector Per Thomas Omholt told reporters none of the deaths were caused by the weapon.
Police released an updated statement detailing the chain of events in the roughly 35-minute ordeal. “As now known, an off-duty police officer was injured by an arrow inside the supermarket. It is now also known that the person charged [with the crime] exited into Myntgata and walked down Peckels gate, where [he] fired several arrows, also against other persons. The bow and arrows were found in Peckels gate,” the statement said.
“When he arrived in Hyttegata, he was no longer armed with bow and arrows. The five people killed by a stabbing weapon were killed in Hyttegata. Some were killed in their homes, some outside in public,” the statement continued. The suspect is being held in a high-security psychiatric ward rather than a prison amid concern over his mental health.
Police confirmed again on Monday that mental illness appears to be the most likely cause of the suspect’s motives. The suspect had converted to Islam and officers had previously been in contact with him, including over concerns related to radicalization.
The newly inaugurated Norwegian Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Store, drew a parallel between Wednesday’s attack and the gun and bomb attacks carried out in Norway in 2011 by far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik, adding that two ministers in his new government were survivors of those attacks. “It was an act of terrorism, and this act that happened yesterday naturally reminds us of those who have experienced such terrible things and we will stand by them,” he told a press conference in Oslo shortly after the incident.
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