Jonas Gahr Støre comments on attack: “Horrific act – I have been in contact with the people in Kongsberg”

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB
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“These are gruesome acts… This is unreal, but the reality is that five people have been killed,” incoming Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) said about the killings in Kongsberg.

The AP leader was briefed on the situation by outgoing Minister of Justice Monica Mæland (H) on Wednesday night.

“This is unreal, but the reality is that five people have been killed, several people are injured, and many are in shock,” Støre told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

He says that his thoughts go out to those involved in the incident, their relatives and family, and others who are afraid or affected by what happened.

Ready to take over

“I have been in contact with people in Kongsberg who perceive this as an unreal event. Our thoughts go out to them and to the police and health personnel who are now working on creating security,” Støre said.

He says that his government is ready to take over the handling of the killings when Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s government leaves at 10 o’clock on Thursday morning. It is not yet clear whether Støre himself or the incoming Minister of Justice will go to Kongsberg.

“We will consider this when we get an overview. But from what I understand, the police are working hard on this now,” Støre explained.

Bow and arrow attack

The police received the first report about the incident at 6:13 PM on Wednesday. At 6:47 PM, the man who used a bow and arrow to kill five and injure two people was arrested.

Police stated that there was a confrontation between them and the perpetrator before he was arrested. No police officers were injured in the confrontation. Warning shots were fired in connection with the arrest.

“There are many crime scenes – this person moved over a large area,” Øyvind Aas, operations manager in the Buskerud police, said at a press conference on Wednesday night.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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