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Man charged with bow attack in Norway pleads guilty to murder


The man on trial for a fatal bow and arrow attack in southern Norway has pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder.

Five people died and four others were injured in the small town of Kongsberg last October.

The suspect, Espen Andersen Bråthen, 38, admitted carrying out the attack, according to Norwegian news agency NTB.

“I admit my criminal guilt on all charges,” he said Wednesday at the start of his trial in Buskerud District Court.

He is further charged with causing bodily harm, threatening behavior, refusing to obey police orders and throwing knives at officers.

The attack in Kongsberg began inside a grocery store, where the suspect allegedly began shooting people with a bow and arrow, before attacking passers-by with knives.

Andersen Bråthen was arrested more than half an hour after starting his rampage.

Norwegian prosecutors have called for the 38-year-old Danish man to be sentenced to mandatory mental health treatment, saying he was in a “strongly deviant state of mind” when he carried out the rampage.

After his arrest, Andersen Bråthen was held in a closed psychiatric ward and three forensic psychiatry experts concluded that he was probably insane at the time of the murders.

The trial is expected to last until June 22.

euronews Gt

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