Suspected terror-related shooting in Oslo kills 2, wounds 14

An overnight shooting in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, in which two people were killed and more than a dozen wounded, is being investigated as a possible terrorist attack, Norwegian police said on Saturday.

In a news conference on Saturday, police officers said the man arrested after the shooting was a Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin who was previously known to police but not for major crimes.

They said they seized two firearms in connection with the attack: a handgun and an automatic weapon.

The events took place outside the London Pub, a bar popular with the city’s LGBTQ community, hours before Oslo’s Pride parade. Organizers canceled all Pride events planned for Saturday on the advice of police.

“Oslo Pride therefore appeals to anyone who has planned to take part or watch the parade not to show up. All events related to Oslo Prides will be canceled,” the organizers said on the official Facebook page of the event said.

Police spokesman Tore Barstad said 14 people were receiving medical treatment, eight of whom were in hospital.

Olav Roenneberg, a journalist from the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he saw the shooting.

“I saw a man with a bag arrive at the site. He picked up a weapon and started shooting,” Roenneberg told NRK. “At first I thought it was an air rifle. Then the glass of the bar next door was broken and I understood I had to run for cover.”

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a Facebook post “the shooting outside the London Pub in Oslo tonight was a brutal and deeply shocking attack on innocent people.”

He said although the motive was unclear, the shooting caused fear and sadness in the LGBTQ community.

“We all stand by you,” wrote Gahr Stoere.

Security forces are on the scene where several people were injured during a shooting outside the London bar in central Oslo, Norway, 25 June 2022.

Security forces are on the scene where several people were injured during a shooting outside the London bar in central Oslo, Norway, 25 June 2022.

Christian Bredeli, who was at the bar, told Norwegian newspaper VG that he hid with a group of about 10 people on the fourth floor until he was told it was safe to get out.

“Many feared for their lives,” he said. “On the way out we saw several injured, so we understood something serious had happened.”

The Norwegian broadcaster TV2 showed footage of people running panicked in the streets of Oslo while shots rang out in the background.

Norway is a relatively safe country, but has experienced violent attacks by right-wing extremists, including one of the worst mass shootings in Europe in 2011, when a gunman killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after a bomb in Oslo fired what left eight. death.

In 2019, another right-wing extremist killed his step-sister and then opened fire in a mosque, but was overpowered before anyone was injured there.

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