Knifeman stabs three critically injuring one in ‘random’ attack before being arrested months after crossbow killer slaughtered five in nearby Norwegian town
- Three people have been stabbed and injured in ‘random’ attacks in Norway
- Local police report that the knifeman has been arrested at the scene
- Three air ambulances reported to be at the scene as well as two ambulances
At least three people were injured, including one critically, in a stabbing attack in southeastern Norway on Friday morning, Norwegian police said.
The perpetrator has been arrested, police said on Twitter, adding that they received the alert at 8.48 a.m.
Police did not specify the motive for the attack and said people appeared to have been attacked at ‘random’.
‘At this stage: three people injured and one person critically injured,’ the police wrote in a tweet.
Minutes later, they said they had the ‘suspected perpetrator’ under control.
The police referred to what they call a PLIVO emergency, meaning an ongoing violent event where lives could be in danger.
The attack occurred in a small town just 50 miles from Kongsberg, the scene of a knife and bow and arrow attack last October
File photo of Norwegian police after an incident. Police report that three people have been injured – one seriously – by ‘random’ knife attacks in south east Norway
William Scott, who was in the area delivering goods, told the VG newspaper he saw an injured woman lying on the ground.
‘At first I thought it was a collision because there was a large pool of blood on the ground,’ he said.
TV2 cited a witness saying bleeding victims came running from behind a convenience store.
Three air ambulance helicopters accompanied by two ambulances were reported to be at the scene.
Two witnesses told the TV 2 station that the attacks took place near a Joker shop close to a church.
Mayor Jan Gaute Bjerke in the Nore and Uvdal municipality told local media that the attack took place near a primary school.
‘The children were inside the school during the attack,’ he said.
‘I saw the ambulances and planes that came. Some have been stabbed and it is very serious and completely tragic,’ a store worker near the scene of the attacks told TV 2.
The attack occurred in a valley called Numedal just north of Kongsberg, where a man killed five people using knives and a bow and arrow last October.
The trial of the Danish national accused of that attack, who experts say suffers from psychiatric problems, started on Thursday.
Espen Andersen Bråthen, 38, went on trial for the murder of five people and attempted murder of 11 more on October 13, 2021.
The Muslim convert, who was listed by Norwegian security services as a person of concern as early as 2015, hacked his victims to death with a hunting knife after unleashing a torrent of arrows at innocent bystanders in a Co-Op Extra supermarket.
CCTV footage, released by police as Bråthen’s trial began, showed how the killer strode into the store brandishing a bow with a quiver of deadly arrows and a huge hunting knife sheathed on his belt.
Espen Andersen Bråthen, 38, went on trial yesterday for the murder of five people and attempted murder of 11 more on October 13, 2021
Dressed in khaki trousers and a plain white vest, the killer loaded his arrows and let them fly at terrified civilians with no hesitation
Dressed in khaki trousers and a plain white vest, the killer loaded his arrows and let them fly at terrified civilians with no hesitation.
The 38-year-old pleaded guilty before a judge yesterday morning as the court heard how he stalked the streets of Kongsberg with dozens of arrows before stabbing five people aged 52-78, including four women, to death.