Man uses bow and arrow to kill several people in attack in Norway

A man using a bow and arrow has killed several people and wounded others in attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg, local police have said.

Police chief Oeyvind Aas told reporters: "The man has been apprehended...from the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone.

"Several people have been injured and several are dead," he said.

He declined to comment further on the number of casualties.

The attacks took place over "a large area" of Kongsberg, a municipality of about 28,000 people in southeastern Norway, 68 km from the capital, Oslo.

Following the attacks, the police directorate said it had immediately ordered officers nationwide to carry firearms. Norwegian police are normally unarmed, but officers have access to guns and rifles when needed.

"This is an extra precaution. The police have no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level," the directorate said in a statement.

Norway's Minister of Justice and Public Security, Monica Maeland, has received updates on the attacks and was closely monitoring the situation, the ministry said.

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