Norway is investigating the shooting, which left at least two people dead and 21 injured, ten seriously, at an LGBTI venue in the capital Oslo on Friday night into Saturday night, as a terrorist attack. Police arrested the alleged attacker near the scene of the crime and all events related to the Oslo Pride march have been cancelled.
The shooting broke out around 1am outside a pub, Per p hjrnet, left two victims in its wake and then continued outside the London Pub gay club on Rosenkrantz Street in the heart of Oslo. “The police are investigating the incidents as terrorism,” the security forces said in a statement, without adding further details. Shortly after the incident, police arrested a 42-year-old man, a Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, known to authorities, who is charged with murder, attempted murder and terror attack, as the suspected perpetrator of the attack.
Initially, the agents reported that the situation was “an unclear situation” in which the involvement of multiple attackers was being considered. “All indications point to a single perpetrator,” said police spokesman Tore Barstad later, as reported by broadcaster NRK.
The gay pride parade planned for this Saturday afternoon, as well as all events related to Oslo Pride, have been canceled on police advice to avoid further threats. “Soon we will be proud and visible again, but today we will be celebrating and sharing Pride celebrations from home,” added Inger Kristin Haugsevje, Head of Oslo Pride, and Inge Alexander Gjestvang, Chair of FRI, the association for gender and gender sexual diversity. .
“Norway is a trusting community where everyone should feel safe outside on a Saturday night,” said Norway’s Justice and Public Safety Minister, Emilie Enger Mehl.
“The shooting outside the London pub in Oslo tonight represents a terrible attack on innocent people,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stre said. “We still don’t know the reasons for this horrific act, but I want to say to the gay people who are afraid that we are with them,” he wrote in a message posted to Facebook.
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