‘Iranian-Norwegian’ terrorist kills two in attack on gay bar: Moment suspect is arrested
Two people were killed and 21 injured after a suspected terrorist shot clubbers at an LGBT+ hotspot in Oslo last night.
An Iranian Norwegian suspect, 42, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorism.
He was known to the police because he was previously charged with drug possession and carrying a knife.
The unidentified man was apprehended at the scene by officers with the help of revelers at the London Pub, one of two clubs targeted in the attack.
The police arrive on the scene in the early hours this morning right after the shooting
The other location hit in the attack around 1.15am today was the Herr Nilsen Jazz Club next door, where revelers were described being hit by flying shards of glass.
A woman was forced to play dead to escape the gunman’s fire. She said VG Norway: ‘There was a woman who pulled me down and told me to play dead.’
The man then shot directly behind her on the table. She escaped London Pub unharmed.
Police attorney Christian Hatlo said: “Our overall assessment is that there is reason to believe that he intended to cause serious fear in the public.
“We need to go over his medical history, if he has one. It’s not something we’re aware of now.’
Oslo was scheduled to hold its annual gay pride parade later on Saturday, but organizers canceled the event for fear of possible follow-up attacks.
Norwegians paid their respects on the spot this morning, hours after the deadly terror attack
Video on social media shows emergency services outside London Pub, a gay nightclub in Oslo, at 1.15am on Saturday morning. Police arrested a suspect at the scene (photo)
Two people have been killed and several seriously injured in a shooting at a nightclub in Norway, police have confirmed (pictured is the scene outside the nightclub)
Oslo Pride organizers wrote on Facebook this morning: ‘Oslo Pride has been given clear advice and a recommendation to cancel the parade, Pride Park and any other event associated with Oslo Pride.
“We will follow the advice of the police and take care of each other,” added chief organizer Inger Kristin Haugsevje.
Oslo’s precinct confirmed last night: ‘Two people have been confirmed dead in the shooting. There are several seriously injured.’
The Norwegian national newspaper VG reported that ‘witnesses said people ran from the scene in panic’.
Oslo University Hospital said it had gone on red alert after the shooting.
The chaotic scene in Oslo is depicted, with emergency services on the sidewalk treating the injured. The police have made an arrest
Olav Roenneberg, a journalist for the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he witnessed the shooting.
‘I saw a man coming with a bag. He grabbed a weapon and started shooting,” Roenneberg told NRK.
“At first I thought it was an air pistol. Then the glass of the bar next door broke and I realized I had to take cover.’
Police Inspector Tore Soldal said two of the victims of the shooting died and ten people were being treated for serious injuries, but none of them were life-threatening.
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a Facebook post that ‘Tonight’s shooting outside the London Pub in Oslo was a cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people’.
He said that while the motive was unclear, the shooting had caused fear and grief in the LGBTQ community.
Video on social media shows emergency services outside London Pub, a gay nightclub in Oslo (pictured, file photo) at 1.15am on Saturday morning. Two were killed in the terror attack
London Pub gay nightclub in central Oslo is depicted on a map of the Norwegian capital
“We are all behind you,” wrote Mr Gahr Stoere.
Christian Bredeli, who was sitting at the bar, told the Norwegian newspaper VG that he hid with a group of about 10 people on the fourth floor until he was told it was safe to come out.
“Many feared for their lives,” he said. “On our way out, we saw several injured people, so we understood that something serious had happened.”
Images online show nightclubbers being treated by emergency workers with blood on their faces.
Images shared on social media, which have not been officially verified, appeared to show a man with a serious head injury.
Oslo’s precinct also said a person was arrested near the crime scene shortly after the incident (pictured)
It was reported that ‘up to 20 shots’ were fired at the nightclub.
Norway’s BNN Newsroom tweeted: ‘Police are asking people in the area to leave, to make way for ambulances.’
A major police action was underway, with a number of ambulances in the area treating the injured.
Helicopters hovered over central Oslo as sirens from ambulances and police cars sounded through the city.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted this morning: “London is behind Oslo. Our thoughts and solidarity are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this horrific attack hours before Oslo’s #Pride was due to take place. #LoveIsLove and hate will never win.’