A man with a bow and arrow carried out a mass attack near the capital Oslo, killing at least five people and injuring two.

The bow and arrow attacks occurred on the evening of October 13 in Kongsberg, a city with a population of 28,000 in southeastern Norway, about 68 kilometers from Oslo.

The suspect was later arrested by the police. "This person used a bow and arrow to carry out a number of attacks," said Kongsberg police chief Oeyvind Aas.

It is the worst series of attacks in Norway since 2011, when radical Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people, mostly teenagers, at a summer camp on the island of Utoeya.

Police are investigating whether the suspect used other weapons in the attack and whether this was an act of terrorism. Preliminary investigations showed that the suspect carried out the attacks alone.

"The news from Kongsberg is horrifying. I understand that many people were scared, but the important thing is that things are under control," Prime Minister Erna Solberg said.

Immediately after the series of attacks, Norwegian authorities ordered police officers across the country to carry firearms as an "additional precaution", although there was no sign of a national threat. Norwegian police usually do not carry weapons when on duty, but have the right to use guns when necessary.

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