“We are investigating this, among other things, to clarify whether it is an act of terrorism,” regional Police Chief Ole Bredrup Saeverud said at an Oct. 14 press conference. “It will probably take some time before it can be finally clarified.
“The assessment related to motive is a bit complicated. But it is natural to go back and see what information we have on the person from earlier, and then we see that there has been a concern related to radicalization in the past, which we think it is natural to be open about without being able to explain the details of it now.”
Five people were killed in the Oct. 13 attack—four women and one man between the ages of 50 and 70—in Kongsberg, a small town of about 28,000 people southwest of Oslo.
Both injured victims are hospitalized in intensive care. They include an off-duty police officer who was inside a supermarket, one of the locations of the rampage. Their condition wasn’t immediately known.
The attack was the deadliest in the Nordic country since 2011. Anders Behring Breivik, a domestic terrorist, was later found sane and guilty in 2012 for murdering 77 people.
Police said the suspect, a 37-year-old Danish national whose name is currently unclear, is a Muslim convert who was previously flagged as having been radicalized. Norway’s national security agency said his actions “currently appear to be an act of terrorism.”
The man was first confronted by police officers at about 6:15 p.m. local time, but he managed to escape. He was eventually arrested about 30 minutes later.
Saeverud said investigators believe the suspect started the series of murders after he managed to escape police, and that the victims were likely killed between the suspect being first approached and him being arrested about 30 minutes later.
“From what we know now, it is reasonably clear that some, probably everyone, was killed after the police were in contact with the perpetrator,” the police chief said.
Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg said at a news conference that the attacks “coming from Kongsberg tonight are horrifying.”
“I understand that many people are afraid, but it’s important to emphasize that the police are now in control,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
From NTD News