By Vasco Cottovio, James Frater and Lian Colerin | CNN
Several people have been killed and others injured during an attack in the Norwegian city of Kongsberg, according to local police.
A spokesman for Norway’s southeastern police district, which includes Kongsberg, told CNN on Wednesday that the suspected attacker was using a bow and arrow. He said the local police were first informed about the suspect at 6:15 pm local time.
It is believed that the attacker carried out the crime alone. An arrest has been made and “there is no active search for more people,” said Ovind Aas, the police chief of Drammen, the county seat, at a news conference after the attack.
He also said that the perpetrators “moved over a large area” while carrying out the attack, he also said.
“Unfortunately, we can confirm that many were injured and many died as a result of the action. The injured have been taken to the hospital for treatment. Kongsberg municipality has been informed and crisis teams have been formed to assist and follow up on those in need,” Aas said.
Officials have not ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack. “During incidents, it is natural to consider whether this is an act of terrorism,” Aas said.
“The person apprehended has not been questioned, and so it is too early to say anything about this and what the person’s motivation was.”
Kongsberg is located approximately 53 miles west of the capital city Oslo.
In the wake of the attack, Norwegian police across the country have been given a rare order to carry firearms as a precaution.
“Due to the serious incident in Kongsberg where several people were killed and injured tonight, police in Norway are temporarily armed,” Norway’s Police Directorate said in a statement on Wednesday.
“This is an additional emergency measure,” the statement said. “The police currently have no concrete indication that there has been a change in the threat level in the country.”
Under Norwegian law, officers generally must have prior approval to carry firearms.
“The Minister of Justice and Public Safety, Monica Moland, is monitoring the situation in Kongsberg,” the ministry tweeted.
The attack comes exactly a decade after Norway’s worst terrorist attack.
In July 2011, Norwegian far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people, many of them teenagers, in a bomb attack and gun stampede. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum possible term.
In August 2019, another man armed with guns stormed an Oslo mosque before being overpowered. That year, the country’s intelligence service reported that right-wing terrorism was on the rise globally, and warned that the country would be targeted in the near future.