Norway nightclub shooting being investigated as terrorism

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A shooting in Oslo that killed two people and injured 14 others on Saturday is being investigated as an act of terrorism, a spokesperson for the city’s police said.

The attack happened at a popular gay nightclub and in nearby streets.

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The crime scene extended from the London Pub to a neighbouring club and onwards to a nearby street, where the suspect was apprehended a few minutes after the shooting began, police spokesman Tore Barstad said.

Police gather at the site of a mass shooting in Oslo early on Saturday.

The London Pub is a popular gay bar and nightclub in the centre of the Norwegian capital.

“I saw a man arrive with a bag. He picked up a gun and started to shoot,” a journalist reported.

Barstad initially said the motive was not immediately known, and it wasn’t clear whether it was connected to the Pride parade to be held the same day.

Later on Saturday, Oslo Pride organisers said police had advised them to cancel the parade and related events.

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“Oslo Pride urges everyone who planned to participate or watch the parade not to show up. All events in connection with Oslo Prides are cancelled,” organisers said on Facebook.

Norwegian broadcaster TV2 showed footage of people running down Oslo streets in panic as shots rang out in the background. Eight people were hospitalised. Earlier, police said several people had severe injuries.

Helicopters hovered above central Oslo while ambulance and police car sirens were heard across the city. Oslo’s university hospital said it had gone on red alert following the shooting.

Police attend the site of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Oslo, Norway. Saturday marks the start of Pride Month in the city.

 

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