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Norwegian authorities have called the killing of the bow and arrow an act of terrorism

By Paul Nordseth, John M. Olson and Mark Lewis | Relevant institution

KANSBURG, Norway – A man with a bow and arrow who killed five people in a small town near the Norwegian capital is known to have carried out an act of terrorism, officials said Thursday in a Scandinavian country Poor and shocking attack where violent crimes are reduced. .

Police identified the attacker as 37-year-old Danish citizen Aspen Anderson Bryathan, who was arrested on the street Wednesday night. He said he used bows and arrows and possibly other weapons to get people to a supermarket and other places in Kingsburg where they lived.

Eyewitnesses said the quiet neighborhood of their wooden houses and birch trees turned into a scene of horrific screams and commotion.

“The screams were so loud and terrible that there was no doubt that something very serious was going on,” said Kurt Einar Wild Seth, who returned home from a mishap after hearing the commotion. “I can only describe it as a ‘scream of death’, and it burned in my mind.

Four women and a man between the ages of 50 and 70 were killed and three others were injured, police said.

Anderson Brathan has been arrested on preliminary charges and will face a detention hearing on Friday. Police say they believe he acted alone.

“This whole process is an act of terrorism,” said Hans Sweire Jojold, head of Norway’s national intelligence service, known as the PST.

“We don’t know what motivated the culprit,” Sujewald said in English. We have to wait for the results of the investigation.

He said the accused was aware of the PST, but declined to give details. The agency said the level of terrorist threat to Norway remains “moderate”.

Regional Police Chief Oli B. Seward called the man a Muslim converter and said “at first he was concerned about being a radical”, but did not say why he was first flagged or when authorities responded. What did

Norwegian media have reported that the suspect has been convicted of theft and drug possession, and last year a court ordered him to stay away from his parents for six months after threatening to kill one of them. Had given

Swann Matheson told broadcaster NRK that the suspect would be examined by forensic psychologists, which is “not uncommon in such serious cases.”

Police were alerted to the archer’s shooting around 6:15 p.m., and he was arrested about 30 minutes later. Regional Prosecutor Ann Erin Swan Matheson told the Associated Press that she made it clear after the arrest what she did. He confessed to killing five people.

He said the bow and arrow were only part of the assailant’s weapon. Police did not say what other weapon was used, but Wild Seth told the AP that when he ran to the sound of screams, he saw a woman stabbed by a man with some kind of weapon.

Wald Seth said he recognized the assailant, saying he lived nearby and “usually walks with his head down and headphones on.”

“I have only spoken to him a few times, but I have the impression that he may be in trouble,” he said.

Low-crime massacres are common in Norway, and the attack immediately reminded us of the country’s worst peace period a decade ago, when a right-wing domestic extremist killed 77 people with bombs, rifles and pistols. Killed

People have “experienced that their safe local environment suddenly became a dangerous place,” King Herald V said. “It shakes us all when terrible things happen to us, when you least expect it, in the middle of everyday life on the open road.”

Newly elected Prime Minister Jonas Gohar Storey called the attack “terrible.”

“It’s unrealistic. But the fact is that five people have been killed, many are injured and many are in shock.

Dozens of people watched the killing. Eric Benam, who lives on the same street as the supermarket that was attacked, told the AP he saw shop workers sheltering at the doors.

“I saw them hiding in the corner. Then I went to see what was happening, and I saw the police moving forward with shields and rifles. It was a very strange sight,” Benam said.

Police, with other cities, flooded in Kangsburg and closed several roads. Helicopters lit up the scene with blue light from emergency vehicles and spotlights.

“On Thursday morning, the whole city was terribly quiet,” he said.

“People are sad and shocked,” Benam said.

The flag was lowered by half the crew, and residents placed flowers, candles and stuffed animals around the temporary monument in a central square.

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