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“Several” people killed in archery attacks in Norway, police say

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OSLO – A man with a bow and arrows killed several people and injured others in attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday, local police said.

“The man was apprehended (…) according to the information we have now, this person carried out these actions alone,” police chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters.

“Several people were injured and several died,” Aas said. He declined to comment on the number of casualties.

The attacks took place over “a large area” of Kongsberg, a municipality of about 28,000 inhabitants in south-eastern Norway, 72 miles from the capital, Oslo.

Following the attacks, the police leadership said they immediately ordered police officers across the country to carry firearms. Norwegian police are not normally armed, but officers have access to firearms and rifles when needed.

“This is an additional precaution. Police have so far no indication that there is a change in the national threat level,” management said in a statement.

Norwegian Justice and Public Safety Minister Monica Maeland received updates on the attacks and was monitoring the situation closely, the ministry said.

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