Police in Norway accused a man of a “terrorist” on Saturday following a late-night shooting in central Oslo that left two people dead and numerous more injured.
A march for LGBTQI+ rights in the Norwegian capital was postponed for Saturday in the wake of the horrific incident, which happened Friday night and struck two clubs, including one homosexual bar.
Two people have died as a result of at least 21 additional injuries, including 10 serious ones.
The alleged offender is a 42-year-old Norwegian of Iranian heritage, the police say. His real name has not been revealed.
He is suspected of murder, attempted murder, and a terrorist act, according to Oslo police officer Christian Hatlo during a press conference.
Authorities are describing the attack as an “act of terror” due to “the number of wounded and murdered [and] the number of crime scenes—at least three,” according to Hatlo.
There are solid grounds to believe that he sought to sow terror, he continued.
Following the event, which occurred at 1:00 a.m. local time outside the Perp Hornet bar, two fatalities were reported (23:00 GMT).
The attacker next proceeded to a nearby gay club in the centre of Oslo called the London Pub.
Hatlo said, “There are reasons to think that this is a hate crime given the nature of the venues targeted.”
Police have requested the organisers of a planned LGBTQI+ march on Saturday to cancel it, despite rainbow flags being flown close to the attack’s scene as a sign of support.
Following “clear instructions and suggestions from the police,” the Oslo Pride organisers pleaded with “everyone who had planned to join in or watch the march, not to show up” in a Facebook post.
Hatlo informed the journalists during the press conference on Saturday morning that the suspect, whose identity has not been made public, was known to Norway’s intelligence authorities.
He was taken into custody five minutes after the shooting’s initial reporting at 1:19 a.m. (23:19 GMT).
The suspect has already been dealt with by police for minor charges like carrying a knife and being found guilty of drug possession.
At the scene of the assault, police detained an automatic weapon and a handgun that Hatlo described as “old.”
Police claimed that by providing first aid to victims and assisting in the suspect’s detention, bystanders made a “heroic contribution.”
There were “lots of injured folks on the ground” with “head injuries,” according to a witness who spoke to the Verdens Gang (VG) newspaper.
Police in Norway are now more visible in the nation’s capital in an effort to avert any further catastrophes.
Although “nothing can be established with confidence so early,” Inspector Tore Soldal indicated that “it is assumed at this moment that just one man” was accountable for the shooting.
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The shooting was described as a “cruel and profoundly scary crime” by Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store in a Facebook post.
“My thoughts are with those afflicted and their loved ones,” the author added. Although the reason for this horrible murder is still unknown, I want to assure the homosexuals who are currently in fear and grief that you have our support.
The police’s directive to “take care of each other,” according to organizer Kristin Haugsevje, is what prompted the cancellation of the Oslo Pride March.
We are sending our sympathies and sympathy to the injured, the injured’s family members, and anybody else who was impacted.
We will celebrate Pride from home today, but we shall be proud and visible once again soon, the woman stated.