Norwegian police reported an attack by a man armed with a bow and arrows that killed and injured several people on Wednesday in Kongsberg, in the southeast of the country.
"Unfortunately, we can confirm that there are several injured and also, unfortunately, several deaths," Øyvind Aas, a local police official, told a news conference.
According to EFE, the number of fatalities amounts to 5 and 2 people were injured.
"The man who committed this act was arrested by the police and, as far as we know, there is only one person involved," he added.
Norwegian police said Wednesday that they are not ruling out any theory and that the attack may have been a terrorist act.
"Seeing how the events unfolded, it is natural to assess that it was a terrorist attack," Øyvind Aas declared in a statement to the press. "The detained man has not been questioned and it is too early to comment on the motives for the attack," he added.
The action took place at various locations in the city center of Kongsberg.
The police did not give details about the suspect, except that he is a man and that he was taken to the police station in the neighboring city of Drammen. "We are not looking for other people," Øyvind Aas said.
According to the TV2 channel, the man also had a knife and / or several other weapons.
On Twitter, local police said witnesses saw a man, armed with a bow and arrows, and that he used them against people.
- Stay at home -
The authorities urged the population to stay in their homes.
Several neighborhoods were cordoned off and television images showed a large display of heavily armed police and ambulances.
A helicopter and a demining team were also dispatched to the scene. And the National Intelligence Service (DIS) was alerted.
The public network NRK showed on its website a photo sent by a witness showing a black arrow stuck in a wall.
Norway, a generally peaceful country, has been the scene of far-right attacks in the past.
On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people by detonating a bomb near the government headquarters in Oslo, before opening fire at a Labor Youth rally on the island of Utøya.
In August 2019, Philip Manshaus fired at a mosque on the outskirts of Oslo, before being subdued by the crowd, without seriously injuring himself. Before the attack, he shot down his adopted Asian sister for racism.
The authorities have also thwarted several Islamist attacks.