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Suspect arrested after deadly shooting rampage in Oslo

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Shootings near bars in central Oslo have killed two people and injured 14 others, several seriously, Norwegian police said on Saturday.

Police said a suspect had been arrested after the shooting, which took place around 01:00 (2300 GMT Friday) at three locations, including a gay bar, close together in the center of the Norwegian capital.

Police reported two deaths and 14 injured, and said two weapons had been seized.

“Now everything points to the fact that there was only one person who committed this act,” police officer Tore Barstad told a news conference.

However, police numbers in the capital had been bolstered to deal with other incidents, he added, without specifying whether it was a terrorist act.

Police received the first reports at 1:14 a.m. and the suspect was arrested five minutes later, he said.

The shootings took place near London Pub gay club, Herr Nilsen jazz club and a takeaway restaurant.

Police officials gathered to consider the impact of the shooting on the staging of the Oslo Pride march, set to take place Saturday afternoon.

Heavily armed police, equipped with body armor and helmets, patrolled the scene of the shooting.

“He looked very determined about what he was aiming for. When I realized it was serious, I ran. There was a bleeding man on the floor,” a woman who saw the incident told Verdens Gang newspaper.

Another witness quoted by the paper mentioned the use of an automatic weapon – which police have not confirmed – and described it as “a war zone”.

“There were a lot of people on the ground with head injuries,” he said.

According to an NRK radio journalist present at the time of the shooting, the gunman arrived with a bag from which he pulled a weapon and started firing.

Of the 14 injured, eight were taken to hospital and six others were treated by a medical service.

“Some are described as seriously injured, others as slightly injured,” Barstad said.

Generally peaceful Norway was the scene of bloody attacks on July 22, 2011, when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people.

He first detonated a bomb near the government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight people.

He then disguised himself as a police officer and went on a shooting spree at a summer camp for left-wing youth on the island of Utoya, killing another 69 people, most of them teenagers.

(AFP)

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