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Five killed in bow-and-arrow attack in Norway

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Four women and one man were killed in the assault Wednesday evening. The attacker, who escaped an initial confrontation with police, unleashed a volley of arrows at apparent strangers in Kongsberg, a town 50 miles southwest of Oslo.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, is a Danish citizen who lived in the town, officials said Thursday.

The five people killed were ages 50-70, Saeverud said, and two people injured in the attack were expected to survive.

It was the worst mass killing in Norway since 2011, when a far-right extremist killed 77 people, most of them teenagers at a camp. At one point, the attacker crossed a bridge spanning the Numedalslagen River and cut through the town, a bucolic area that serves as an escape for people seeking refuge from the bustle of Oslo.

As he made his way through the town, he attacked people seemingly at random, according to police. One of the injured was an off-duty police officer, and a photo of him with an arrow in his back was circulated widely online.


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