Norwegian police officers have been told to carry firearms as a precaution following the deadly attack in Kongsberg.
"Due to the serious incident in Kongsberg where several people were killed and injured tonight, the police in Norway are temporarily armed,” the Norwegian Police Directorate said in a statement on Wednesday. “The Norwegian Police Directorate has issued a national order for armaments. [The order] is given to increase preparedness and the police's ability to respond.”
“This is an additional emergency measure,” the statement added. “The police currently have no concrete indications that there is a change in the threat level in the country.”
Some background: Norwegian police do not normally carry firearms but officers have access to guns and rifles when needed.
The law states that security officials must have prior approval before using them: "Only officials with valid approval may be armed, unless the situation is assumed to require immediate armed action to prevent or stop the use of force against a person, and approved personnel will not be available in time."