Norwegian police had a record of the person who killed five people with arrows on Wednesday years ago

The Director of the Anti-Terrorism Division of the Norwegian Security Forces (PST), Arne Christian Haugstoyl, has admitted that for years he has had the potential risk of the person who killed five people with a bow and arrow in Kongsberg last Wednesday.

At that time it was considered “unlikely” that the suspect, the Danish citizen Espen Andersen Brathen, could commit an act of violence with a political background, Haugstoyl said in statements to the newspaper “Verdens Gang”.

Norwegian police had a record of the person who killed five people with arrows on Wednesday years ago
Norwegian police had a record of the person who killed five people with arrows on Wednesday years ago

The case was re-investigated in 2017 when he posted a video declaring himself a Muslim and claiming to be a messenger on a mission. It wasn’t considered dangerous because the content was vague, another PST official, Martin Bernsen, told NTB news agency.

We did not consider it an ideological issue, but rather violence, Bernsen affirmed. They considered it possible to carry out an attack, but with “simple means”.

Andersen, 37, has acknowledged responsibility for the bow and other weapon attack that killed five people. Three others were injured and have already been released. However, it does not recognize any criminal liability.

The PST investigated what happened as a terrorist act, but now they are investigating that it was a mental illness and two forensic psychiatrists are working with the suspect.

Well-known Andersens have told the Norwegian network NRK that he has had mental health problems for a long time and that he became aware of him as a teenager.

The police have announced an internal investigation into the further course of the case. “Given the severity of the case, it is very important that lessons are learned and any weaknesses and errors identified so that the measures can be implemented immediately,” he said.

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