OSLO — A man armed with a bow and arrow exited on a rampage in a Norwegian town on Wednesday, killing and wounding several people, the authorities said.
The attack took place in Kongsberg, a town of 26,000 people alongside 50 miles outside Oslo. A suspect was reported to be in custody.
“The information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone,” the enforce chief, Oyvind Aas, told reporters.
The attack began shortly after 6 p.m., when the assailant began making his way through the center of the town. Tenants were urged to seek shelter inside. A half hour later, a suspect was in custody, the police said.
Across the country, the Norwegian police, who large are not armed, were given authorization to carry weapons “due to the serious incident in Kongsberg,” the authorities said in a statement late Wednesday. They outlined it as a precaution.
“The police currently have no concrete indications that there is a change in the threat level in the country,” the statement said.
The authorities did not without delay release information about the suspect.
“It is natural to consider if it is a terror event,” Chief Aas said at a news conference, adding that it was “too soon to say for unwavering what the man’s motivation is.”