Quickly arrested, the alleged perpetrator of the attack which left 2 dead and 21 injured, including 10 seriously,
has a long history of violence and threatsdeclared Roger Berg, the head of the Norwegian internal intelligence services (PST), in charge of anti-terrorism.
since 2015 in connection with concerns about his radicalization and its membership
to an extremist Islamist networkbut interviews with him last month had led the services to conclude that he had no
violent intentionshe said at a press conference.
Oslo police previously presented the suspect as a 42-year-old Norwegian of Iranian descent.
mental health issuessaid Mr. Berg.
His lawyer, John Christian Elden, told Norwegian news agency NTB that he expected his client to face
a judicial observation to determine his mental state as is usually the case in serious cases.
The shooting happened around 1 a.m. local time outside a pub, Per på hjørnet, and then outside a nearby gay club, the London Pub, in a then crowded neighborhood on that hot night of summer.
According to the police, the vital prognosis of the injured is not or no longer engaged. The victims are two men in their 50s and 60s, she said.
Pride march LGBTwhich was to take place on Saturday afternoon in Oslo – for the first time in three years because of the pandemic – has been canceled on the recommendation of the police.
A spontaneous parade, however, brought together thousands of people to cries ofWe’re here, we’re queer. We won’t disappear“,”text”:”We’re here, we’re queer. We won’t disappear”}}”>We’re here, we’re queer. We won’t disappear (We are here, we are queer. We will not disappear).
I think it’s fantastic that this march is taking place, otherwise he would have wonexplained to theAFP a participant in her fifties, visibly upset.
In a show of solidarity, many people, often in tears and silent, came out to lay rainbow flags and bouquets of flowers near the scene of the attack cordoned off by the police.
At this stage, the police believe that the author of the shooting acted alone, even if the investigation will have to shed light on possible complicity upstream.
Police forces have been reinforced in the capital to deal with possible incidents, and officers, who are generally unarmed in Norway, have been instructed to arm themselves across the kingdom.
moderatethe PST raised the level of threats against the Scandinavian country to
extraordinaryarguing that the situation was still
Known to police
The suspect was arrested at 1:19 a.m. on Saturday, five minutes after the initial reports.
Civilians cooperated in his capture as well as in first aid, according to the police who hailed
their heroic contribution.
The man had previous dealings with the police for minor misdeeds, such as carrying a knife or a narcotics possession conviction.
Norwegian media have identified him as Zaniar Matapour, presented as a father of Iranian Kurdish origin who arrived in Norway as a child.
Two firearms, which police described as
oldwere seized in connection with the attack.
According to a journalist from NRKpresent at the time of the shooting, the shooter arrived with a bag from which he removed a weapon with which he fired.
A black bag was still visible on the sidewalk on Saturday in an area strewn with broken glass where forensic experts were busy.
Today, we were supposed to celebrate love and color our streets with the colors of the rainbow. Instead, we are overwhelmed with mourningreacted Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre during a press conference.
Even if we are not sure that it was the homosexual circles that were targeted, we know that[ils] are the victimshe added.
We share your despair. We are united.
King Harald himself said to himself
horrified.: freedom, diversity and mutual respect”,”text”:”We must come together to defend our values: freedom, diversity and mutual respect”}}”>We must come together to defend our values: freedom, diversity and mutual respecthe said in an official statement.
Generally peaceful, Norway has nevertheless been the scene of bloody attacks such as those perpetrated on July 22, 2011 by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik.