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Norway’s Bow-And-Arrow Killings Seen As ‘act of terror’

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An arrow is seen in the wall after an attack in Kongsberg, Norway, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Several people have been killed and others injured by a man armed with a bow and arrow in a town west of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. (Terje Bendiksby/NTB Scanpix via AP)

(AP) — Norwegian authorities say the bow-and-arrow rampage by a man who killed five people in a small town appeared to be a terrorist act.

Police identified the attacker as Espen Andersen Braathen, a 37-year-old Danish citizen, who was arrested Wednesday night. They said he randomly targeted people at a supermarket and other locations in Kongsberg, a town of about 26,000 where he lived, before being arrested. They did not immediately give a motive but believe he acted alone.

The attack drew comparisons with Norway’s worst peacetime slaughter in 2011, when a right-wing domestic extremist killed 77 people in a bombing and shootings.

 

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