Oslo Police Give All-Clear After Reports of Another Archer Sighting Following Wednesday's Bow Attack
08:19 GMT 14.10.2021 (Updated: 09:39 GMT 14.10.2021)
On Wednesday evening, a man launched arrows from a bow in a crowded area in the town of Kongsberg, southern Norway, killing five people and injuring two more, including a police officer. The suspect, a 37-year-old citizen of Denmark, has been detained in the case; his motives remain unknown.
Oslo police have given the all-clear following earlier reports that a second individual carrying a bow and arrow had been spotted following Wednesday's deadly archery attack.
"Police have now come into contact with the man carrying the bow and arrow. This was harmless activity, and the man has apologized to those who felt threatened. Police are looking into the case further," police tweeted Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Oslo police said that they had received reports that a second man with a bow and arrow was spotted in public shortly after Wednesday's deadly archery attack.
"Police are in the area of Huseby. We have received a report of a man carrying a bow and arrow. There has been no threat situation and we have not received information of any injuries. We are searching the area, and checking out local archery clubs," police said in a tweet. Authorities stressed that there were no reports of threatening behaviour to report.
On Wednesday evening, five people were killed and two others injured - among them a police officer, when a 37-year-old Danish national residing in the southern Norwegian town of Kongsberg - situated about 65 km from Oslo, launched arrows from a bow in the centre of town.
The suspect was detained by police and has been charged with murder. Police say they believe the man acted alone, and have not ruled out that the killings were an act of terrorism. On Thursday, Oslo police said they had received concerning messages that the suspect had converted to Islam, and indicated that authorities were worried about signs of his radicalisation in 2020.
14 October, 08:36 GMT
The Kongsberg attack is the deadliest act of its kind in Norway since Anders Breivik's killing spree of 2011, which left 77 people dead.