A witness says she would have been caught up within the assault in Kongsberg, Norway, had she not stopped for a cigarette on her terrace, the place she noticed the killer holding a bow
A traumatised witness has described the chilling second she locked eyes on a person who killed 5 folks in a bow and arrow assault in Norway.
The girl, named solely as Hansine, stated she narrowly missed being caught up within the assault at a grocery store and fears she may need been killed had she not stopped for a cigarette.
Panic set in when she noticed somebody run previous her terrace after which spied a person standing on a road nook with a quiver over his shoulder and a bow in his hand, she instructed TV2.
Hansine stated the armed man quickly disappeared and he or she noticed folks working for his or her lives, together with a girl cradling a baby in her arms, as tales of terror emerged following the lethal assault in Kongsberg.
Terrorism was being investigated as a doable motive.
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Other witnesses have described seeing victims’ our bodies on the ground and listening to screams for assist.
Ida Skinness was on her manner out when her flatmate shouted at her to remain inside.
Ida instructed TV2: “Then I heard howls and screams outside, and saw people running and then a lot of blue lights.”
Hansine stated an individual, probably a police officer responding to the rampage, ordered her to shelter inside her house after she noticed the attacker on the street.
She quickly turned on her TV and realised the horror that was occurring close by.
Hansine stated she had deliberate to go to the Coop grocery store, the place the assault occurred, after ending her cigarette.
She added: “I’m very grateful that I took that smoke, otherwise I could have ended up in the middle of it on the way to the store.
“The smoke saved me.”
Five people were killed and two others, including an off-duty police officer who was a customer inside the shop, were seriously injured on Wednesday evening.
The suspect, a 38-year-old Danish man who lives in Kongsberg, was arrested after he fled the scene and officers fired warning pictures, stated police.
He is believed to have been the one attacker and remained in custody on Thursday morning, however had not but been questioned.
“The man used a bow and arrow … for some of the attacks,” police chief Oeyvind Aas instructed reporters.
The police had been investigating whether or not different weapons had additionally been used, he stated.
The dying toll was the worst of any assault in Norway since 2011, when far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 folks, most of them youngsters at a youth camp
The assaults on Wednesday happened over “a large area” of Kongsberg, a municipality of about 28,000 folks in southeastern Norway, about 40 miles from the capital, Oslo.
Following the assaults, the police directorate stated it had ordered officers nationwide to hold firearms. Norwegian police are usually unarmed however officers have entry to weapons and rifles when wanted.
“This is an extra precaution. The police have no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level,” the directorate stated in a press release.