Pictured: Muslim convert accused of slaying five people in Norwegian bow-and-arrow ‘terror attack’: ‘Killer’ had been flagged for radicalisation and had restraining order after threatening his father with a gun
- Espen Andersen Bråthen identified by Norwegian media as the man who killed five in bow and arrow attack
- Police say 37-year-old was a Muslim convert flagged for radicalisation, and attack ‘appears to be terrorism’
- It has emerged that he threatened to kill his father last year with a gun, and had restraining order against him
- Four women and one man aged between 50 and 70 were killed in the attack, while two more were injured
Published: 07:53 BST, 14 October 2021 | Updated: 14:19 BST, 14 October 2021
This is the face of the suspected terror attacker accused of killing five people in a bow and arrow rampage in Norway, as it’s revealed he once threatened to kill his father with a gun and had a restraining order against him.
Espen Andersen Bråthen has been identified by Norwegian media as the 37-year-old Danish man that police have arrested over the attack, after officers said the suspect is a Muslim convert flagged for radicalisation and the attack ‘appears to be a terrorist act’.
Bråthen was identified by several neighbours in the town of Kongsberg before a now-deleted YouTube video was uncovered in which he read out a kind of manifesto in English – calling himself as ‘a messenger’ who ‘comes with a warning.’ ‘Bear witness that I am a Muslim,’ he adds.
Meanwhile court documents revealed that Bråthen has a lengthy criminal history, including an incident in May last year in which he threatened to kill his father while carrying a handgun.
Bråthen had gone to his father’s house with the Colt revolver and made threats, before fleeing while leaving the gun behind. Two relatives then took out a restraining order against him, which he breached last August.
Court documents also revealed that he has prior convictions for aggravated theft and drugs going back at least as far as 2011, though likely earlier. He appears to have been out of work since the early 2000s, VG reported.
Police today sealed off the suspect’s house, which is located close to the supermarket where the attack began, while forensic officers were pictured searching another nearby building.