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Norway attacker who killed five people handed over to health services

A 37-year-old man who killed five people in Norway yesterday during a brutal bow and arrow attack has been handed over to the health services.

This news comes from the prosecution amid speculation that the man may suffer from mental health issues.

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Danish citizen Espen Andersen Brathen has confessed to the killings, however, doubts have arisen in relation to his mental health and whether he can be legally held responsible for the attacks.

He began undergoing a psychiatric evaluation yesterday which is expected to last several months.

A judge will be deciding later today on whether Brathen should be held in detention, with the prosecution asking him to be held for four weeks, with the first two in isolation.

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Police have stated that the attack was most likely an act of terror, however, authorities have not ruled out the possibility of mental health issues.

Head of Norway’s intelligence service PST ‘Hans Sverre Sjovold’ told a news conference, “There is no doubt that the actual act appears as if it could be an act of terror, but it’s important that the investigation continues and that we establish the motive of the suspect,”.

Police official Ole Bredrup Saeverud told reporters, “There were fears linked to radicalisation previously,”.

This statement comes after Brathen recently converted to Islam and was previously known to police over fears of radicalisation.

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