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"Terrorist attack" in Oslo: what we know about the shooting that scarred Norway last night

2022-06-25T10:54:59.856Z

The assailant, of Iranian origin, was arrested after what the Norwegian authorities consider a terrorist attack. the bill



In the early hours of the morning, a bag lies on the ground.

Around him, specialists of the technical and scientific police were busy.

The neighborhood is cordoned off, in shock.

The shots tore through the night in Oslo on Tuesday.

A man opened fire near a gay bar in the capital, causing death.

What we know about this attack, described as "terrorist" by the local police.

What happened ?

According to the latest report from the Norwegian police, two people were killed and 21 people injured, several of them seriously, in the center of Oslo.

Among the 21 injured, eight were taken to hospital and six others were taken care of by a medical service.

The shooting occurred around 1 local time at three close locations, including a gay bar, in the center of the Norwegian capital.

According to an NRK journalist present at the time of the shooting, the shooter arrived with a bag from which he pulled out a weapon with which he fired.

He was arrested, and would have been alone at the time of the shooting.

This Saturday morning, the police announced that they were investigating “a terrorist attack”.

A witness interviewed by the newspaper Verdens Gang (VG) spoke of "a scene of war".

“There were plenty of injured people on the ground who had head injuries,” he said.

Who is the alleged perpetrator?

The suspect, a 42-year-old Norwegian of Iranian origin, known for possession of narcotics, was arrested five minutes after the first reports, according to the police.

On a video filmed by a mobile phone and broadcast by the newspaper Verdens Gang (VG), we see three police officers controlling a man on the ground.

Civilians assisted in the capture of the suspect as well as with first aid, according to the police, who hailed "a heroic contribution".

The alleged perpetrator "is suspected of homicide, attempted homicide and terrorist act", said a police official, Christian Hatlo, during a press conference.

This last count is motivated by "the number of injured and killed, the number of crime scenes - at least three - and (…) there are good reasons to believe that he intended to sow terror,” he added.

However, the numbers have been reinforced in the capital to deal with other incidents.

#Breaking Several shots were fired outside the London pub in central Oslo.

At least two people have been shot and killed.

„I saw a man come to the place with a bag, he picked up a weapon and started firing“ said a witness.

#oslo #skyting #massshooting #osloshooting #BreakingNews pic.twitter.com/jXgCfqkxDD

— 247TV (@247TV3) June 25, 2022

The man had already had to deal with the police for minor acts such as carrying a knife or a conviction for possession of narcotics.

Two "old" weapons were seized in connection with the attack: an automatic weapon and a handgun.

“It is estimated at this stage that there was only one author” behind the shooting “but we cannot say anything with certainty so early” in the investigation, said Inspector Tore Soldal.

For their part, the anti-terrorist services said they were "working to determine whether other attacks may have been planned".

“For the moment, we have no indication in this direction”, specified the PST on Twitter.

Why was the Pride march cancelled?

The shooting happened near the London Pub gay club, the Herr Nilsen jazz club and a takeaway food outlet.

Police officials have decided to cancel the Pride march which was to take place in Oslo this Saturday afternoon.

“All Oslo Pride events are cancelled,” event organizers wrote in a statement posted on Facebook.

As a sign of solidarity, rainbow flags were placed near the scene of the attack.

"The shooting outside the London Pub in Oslo tonight is a horrific and deeply shocking attack on innocent people," Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said.

"We don't yet know the reasons for this terrible act but to the homosexuals who now fear and mourn, I want to say that we are all together with you," he wrote on Facebook.

King Harald said he was "horrified".

"We must come together to defend our values: freedom, diversity and mutual respect," he said in an official statement.

A country yet relatively spared from the killings

Generally little faced with bloodshed, Norway was the scene of bloody attacks on July 22, 2011 when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in a bomb attack on the government headquarters in Oslo and a shooting against a gathering of young laborers on the island of Utoya.

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Since then, the country has been spared this type of action.

Notably by the jihadist attacks that have hit Europe in recent years.

Source: leparis

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