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Mass shooting at Norway pub being investigated as terrorism – police


A mass shooting at a bar in Oslo in which two people were killed and 14 injured early on Saturday is being investigated as an act of terrorism, a spokesperson for the Norwegian city’s police said.

The shooting happened outside the London Pub – a popular gay bar and nightclub – in the centre of the capital, police said. It occurred as the city was gearing up for an annual Pride parade.

A suspect was arrested and police did not believe any other people were involved, police spokesman Tore Barstad said earlier.

He said the motive was not immediately known and it wasn’t clear whether the shooting had any connection to the Pride parade that was to be held Saturday in Oslo.

“Police are in contact with the organisers of the Pride event this Saturday,” Barstad said. “There will be a continuous assessment of what measures police should take to protect that event and whether this incident has a connection to Pride at all.”

He said 14 people were receiving medical treatment, eight of whom have been hospitalised.

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

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

Norwegian broadcaster TV2 showed footage of people running down Oslo streets in panic as shots rang out in the background.

The prime minister, Jonas Gahr Stoere, said attack was a “terrible and deeply shocking attack on innocent people”.

He said in a statement to Norwegian news agency NTB: “We don’t know yet know what is behind this terrible act, but to the queer people who are afraid and in mourning, I want to say that we stand together with you.”

Oslo Pride organisers said they were in close contact with police.

“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic incident, and we are following it closely,” Oslo Pride said in a Facebook statement. “Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.”

Norway is a relatively safe country but has experienced violent attacks by rightwing extremists, including one of the worst mass shootings in Europe in 2011, when a rightwing extremist killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after setting off a bomb in Oslo that left eight dead.

In 2019, another rightwing extremist killed his stepsister and then opened fire in a mosque but was overpowered before anyone was injured.

With Reuters



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