Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported the loss of life toll, citing unnamed sources, after police declined to touch upon the variety of casualties.
Police did nevertheless say will examine whether or not the assault amounted to an act of terrorism.
“The person has been apprehended … from the knowledge we now have, this particular person carried out these actions alone,” police chief Oeyvind Aas instructed reporters, including: “It is pure to contemplate whether or not this was an act of terror.”
He declined to touch upon the variety of casualties however stated: “A number of individuals have been injured and a number of other are lifeless.”
The person has not been questioned but, and his motive was unknown, Aas stated.
Following the assaults, the police directorate stated it had instantly ordered officers nationwide to hold firearms. Norwegian police are usually unarmed however officers have entry to weapons and rifles when wanted.
“That is an additional precaution. The police don’t have any indication up to now that there’s a change within the nationwide menace stage,” the directorate stated in a press release.
The assaults passed off over “a big space” of Kongsberg, a municipality of round 28,000 individuals in southeastern Norway, police stated.
Witnesses reported that the assault started at a Coop Further retailer.
“I can verify that there was a critical incident in our Coop at Kongsberg,” spokesperson Silje Alisø instructed VG.
She stated that none of their staff are bodily injured.
“This can be a ugly incident, there’s nothing else to say. Now we should attempt to handle the inhabitants as finest we will,” city mayor Kari Anne Sand instructed TV 2.
She stated that the assault passed off within the Vestiden space, which has housing, outlets and a college campus.
Norway’s minister of justice and public safety, Monica Maeland, has obtained updates on the assaults and was carefully monitoring the state of affairs, the ministry stated.
Extra reporting by the Reuters information company.