Archer is cooperative: Norway’s secret service speaks of "Act of terrorism"

The act still causes bewilderment – the background is slowly becoming more concrete. The secret service now classifies the killings by the 37-year-old in Kongsberg as an “act of terrorism”. The Dane was cooperative in the interrogations. It is still unclear whether there is a mental illness.

The attack committed by an archer on Wednesday evening in Norway is, according to the investigators’ preliminary findings, allegedly an “act of terrorism”. The attack in Kongsberg had “the appearance of an act of terrorism” at this “stage” of the investigation, the Norwegian secret service PST announced on Thursday. The arrested perpetrator, a 37-year-old Dane, killed five people and injured two others with a bow and arrow. One of the two injured is a police officer who was off duty and was shopping in a supermarket.

The police had previously identified the attacker as a potentially radicalized Muslim known to the police. “It is a convert to Islam,” said a police representative. The police therefore assume a terrorist background. The authorities were still in contact with the man last year because he had become suspicious of alleged tendencies towards radicalization.

Archer carried other weapons

The suspect had fired a bow and arrow in several locations in the center of the city of Kongsberg, southwest of the capital Oslo, including in a supermarket. About a quarter of an hour after the crime, he was arrested and then taken to a police station in the neighboring town of Drammen. According to a TV2 report, the man also had a knife and other weapons with him.

During the night, the investigators interrogated the suspect, who had confessed to the crime, said the responsible public prosecutor. She confirmed that he had been in contact with the Norwegian health service on several occasions. It was not clear from the statements whether the man was being treated for mental health problems. The suspect’s lawyer said his client was cooperative and spoke openly with investigators. Accordingly, he should be brought before a judge on Thursday or Friday.