A man made a massacre last night in Kongsberg, in southeastern Norway: armed with a bow and arrow, he began targeting passers-by in different areas of the town. The final toll provided by the police is 5 dead, including a plainclothes officer, and two wounded.
The police, who have intervened in force, have the aggressor arrested after a brief confrontation, reiterating several times that he shaken alone but continuing to sift through the center of the small town 85 kilometers from Oslo with dogs, bomb squads, two helicopters and infrared to watch over the river. It also alerts intelligence. Reinforcements from across the country have been invited to Kongsberg, and officers have been provided with weapons they do not routinely wear. At the moment the hypothesis of a terrorist attack is not excluded, although according to investigators it is still too early to say so.
Fear of attacks is still alive in Norway extreme right which in the past have bloodied the country and the modus operandi immediately made us think of the harbingers of the Utoya massacre in which Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people. Earlier, he had detonated a bomb near the seat of government in Oslo. Tonight’s assailant also had other weapons, including a knife, and he had announced his intentions on one of his Youtube channels with explicit images now bounced on social networks, with photos that portray him, a young man in his thirties, who was training archery. A name has also circulated on the net, which the police have not confirmed, Rainer Winklarson.
The attack took place shortly before 18:30 in the center of Kongsberg, and in a short time emergency vehicles arrived on the scene, including ambulances, police cars that began patrolling the area also from above, with helicopters, while the authorities asked the residents to stay at home. Police said “there have been several crime scenes”: according to some information, a supermarket close to a residential area and a student dormitory. Several neighborhoods close to the attack area were therefore isolated with barriers.
Norway was heavily shaken ten years ago, on July 22, 2011, when a right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik made a massacre of boys during a demonstration of the Labor youth on the island of Utoya and detonating, shortly before, a bomb near the seat of the government in Oslo. The terrible toll was 77 dead.