Espen Andersen Bråthen, 37, has been charged over the assault, which happened within the Norwegian city of Kongsberg on Wednesday night and left 5 folks lifeless. Police have but to disclose the fees he faces.
Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold advised reporters on Thursday that the assault “appears as if it may be an act of terrorism” however famous that it will be important the investigation goes forward and “we get to clarify what the motives of the accused are.”
Officers had been in touch with the person, together with “as a result of previous concerns related to radicalization,” police chief Ole Bredrup Sæverud mentioned. Officers additionally revealed the suspect had transformed to Islam.
The suspect had not appeared on their radar this 12 months although, Sæverud indicated, saying the police had “received no reports in 2021 regarding radicalization.”
Four girls and one man have been killed within the assault. They have been all aged 50 to 70 years, Sæverud mentioned.
People laid flowers and lit candles at a vigil for the victims in Kongsberg on Thursday night, with extra stopping by to pay their respects on the makeshift memorial on Friday.
Newly inaugurated Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre was anticipated to journey to the city on Friday.
Speaking Thursday at a press convention within the capital, Oslo, Gahr Støre mentioned he hoped to go to alongside the Minister for Justice as a way to specific their “support” to these affected.
The tragedy coincided with Gahr Støre’s announcement of the brand new Norwegian authorities Thursday. Acknowledging this through the press convention, he referred to as it “a very special day to present a new government” in mild of the nation experiencing a “horribly cruel attack on innocent people last night.”
He expressed his reduction that Norwegian police had arrested the suspect, whereas emphasizing that the end result was nonetheless “deeply tragic.”
“It was an act of terrorism, and this act that happened yesterday naturally reminds us of those who have experienced such terrible things and we will stand by them,” he mentioned.
The Kongsberg assault “shows that our society is vulnerable,” Gahr Støre mentioned, as he pressured that it’s “not good for us to conclude what is the motive, what is behind this action.” He mentioned the Norwegian police “must be allowed to finish their work and clarify” such issues however that the assault “emphasizes again that preparedness is a complex task for a society.”
A timeline of the occasions Wednesday revealed that solely 35 minutes elapsed between the primary studies to police of a person capturing with a bow and arrow, at 6:12 p.m. and the arrest of the suspect at 6:47 p.m.
From what police now know, “it appears reasonably clear that probably everyone was killed after the police were in contact with the perpetrator for the first time,” Sæverud mentioned.
The perpetrator was believed to have acted alone, police mentioned.
CNN’s Niamh Kennedy contributed to this report.