Norway: two dead after shooting in the center of Oslo, the police investigate a “terrorist attack”

Norway: two dead after shooting in the center of Oslo, the police investigate the attack

Two people died and 14 were injured after shooting in the heart of Oslo in Norway, June 25, 2022

Two people were killed and 14 people injured, several seriously, in shootings near bars in central Oslo overnight from Friday to Saturday, Norwegian police said, who arrested a suspect. The Norwegian police said this Saturday morning to investigate a “terrorist attack”.

The shooting occurred around 1:00 a.m. in three close locations, including a gay bar, in the center of the Norwegian capital. The police reported two dead and 14 wounded, and said that two weapons had been seized.

“Everything now indicates that there was only one person who committed this gesture,” said a police official, Tore Barstad, during a press briefing.

Staff numbers have, however, been reinforced in the capital to deal with other incidents, he added.

“A Scene of War”

Police received the first reports at 1:14 a.m. and the suspect was arrested five minutes later, he said. The shooting happened near the London Pub gay club, the Herr Nilsen jazz club and a takeaway food outlet.

Police officials gathered to reflect on the impact of this shooting on the organization of the Pride march which is due to take place this Saturday afternoon in Oslo.

“He looked very determined on where he was aiming. When I realized it was serious, I ran. There was a bleeding man lying on the ground,” said a woman who witnessed the scene. Verdens Gang (VG) newspaper.

Another witness mentioned to VG the use of an automatic weapon – information that the police did not confirm – and spoke of “a scene of war”. “There were a lot of injured people on the ground who had head injuries,” he said.

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.

8 injured in hospital

The area was patrolled by heavily armed police equipped with bulletproof vests and helmets.

Among the 14 injured, eight were taken to hospital and six others were taken care of by a medical service.

“Some are described as seriously injured, others as more lightly injured,” said policeman Tore Barstad.

Generally peaceful 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 attack on a rally of young laborers on the island of Utoeya.

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