Norway: Suspect in weapon killings imagined for very first time

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    The thought terrorist has actually been called as 37- year-old Espen Andersen Brathen (Picture: AP)

    A 37- year-old ‘Muslim convert’ thought of eliminating 5 individuals with a weapon in Norway on Thursday night has actually been imagined for the very first time.

    Espen Andersen Brathen, 37, was detained on Wednesday following a chase in the town of Kongsberg, 42 miles from the capital of Oslo.

    Reports explained a male shooting arrows at victims throughout numerous areas in the town in what regional authorities have actually because stated ‘appears to be an act of terrorism’.

    In a self-shot video thought to have actually been published online a minimum of 4 years back, he stated, speaking in English: ‘Hello I am a messenger. I feature a caution.

    ‘Is this really what you want? And to all who want to make up for themselves, so it’ s time. Bear witness that I am a Muslim.’

    Brathen, a Danish resident born to a Danish mom and Norwegian daddy, had actually resided in the town for a number of years, authorities stated.

    According to Danish paper Nettavisen, he was struggling with unattended psychological health issue and had previous convictions for exacerbated theft and belongings of percentages of hashish, a derivative of marijuana.

    In 2020, the 37- year-old was supposedly provided with a limiting order avoiding him from seeing his moms and dads after he supposedly threatened to eliminate his daddy.

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    The victims, four women and one man, were all aged between 50 and 70. Police have yet to indicate a motive.

    A close friend told Nettavisen that Brathen is not a ‘monster’ but a ‘sensitive and vulnerable person who has struggled a lot with his psyche, and who has never got any help’.

    He claimed to have warned police about the videos, said to have appeared on YouTube, in 2017.

    Officers confronted a suspect six minutes after an attack was first reported shortly after 6pm local time, according to the region’s police chief Ole Saeverud.

    Armed officers cordoned off a section of the town while investigating the incident (Picture: AFP)
    Detectives remained on the scene the morning after the killings (Picture: AP)

    The suspect shot some arrows at a police vehicle and escaped but was caught 30 minutes later, with officers firing warning shots during the confrontation.

    Mr Saeverud confirmed they had received an unspecified number of reports about Brathen prior to 2021 and that ‘there were previously fears linked to his radicalisation’, describing him as a ‘convert to Islam’.

    Following police interviews, the force’s prosecutor Ann Irén Svane Mathiassen: ‘He admits the circumstances. That it is him that undertook the actions he is charged with.

    ‘But the extent to which he will admit his guilt, we must wait.’

    Ms Mathiassen said the suspect is being assessed by forensic psychiatric experts but that this is not unusual in such serious cases.

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