/ 15 October 2021

Bow and arrow murder spree shocks Norway

Image source: Reuters
Image source: Reuters

A Norwegian man was arrested yesterday over the murder of 5 people using a bow and arrow in the town of Kongsberg, near the capital Oslo. Police say 37-year-old Espen Andersen Brathen walked through the town shooting arrows at shoppers in the early evening, and several of the victims – 4 men and one woman aged between 50-70yo – were shot while in a supermarket. Two people are currently in intensive care, including an off-duty officer. Police say the man is a Muslim convert who had been flagged as having being radicalised, and Norway’s Acting PM Erna Solberg described the attack as “gruesome”. Mass killings are rare in the Scandinavian country, and it’s the worst mass killing since 2011 when right-wing extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 people.

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