Oslo: A suspect has been arrested for a mass shooting in Norway on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Oslo nightclub has been charged with murder, attempted murder, and acts of the terror attack.
According to the media reports, two people were killed and 21 wounded. The suspect has been identified as a Norwegian national of Iranian origin who attacked an LGBT-friendly bar and two other venues on the same day of Oslo Pride, which the Police called an “act of Islamist terrorism.”
After examining the crime scene, the officials have revealed that the shooting started at approximately 1:15 a.m. local time on Saturday.
The people who were present at the crime scene said that the suspect took out a gun from his bag and started shooting blindly at the London Pub, famously known as an LGBT-friendly bar in the center of Oslo.
As per the sources, the people who were present in the vicinity managed to escape, while between 80 and 100 people barricaded themselves in the venue’s basement and called their family members as the gunman continued his rampage.
Norway police arrested the attacker and seized two weapons, including a fully automatic firearm. Two men were killed during the shooting, 21 were injured, and ten were in serious condition, Police emphasized.
There is reason to think that this may be a hate crime. We are investigating whether Pride was a target in itself or whether there are other motives.
Norway Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere told a news conference that everything indicates that, this has been an attack by an Islamist extremist.
We don’t know if the queer community was the intended target, but we know it is a victim.
According to Norwegian media, the suspect was of Iranian Kurdish origin and arrived in Norway as a child.