Police talk about ‘terrorist act’: Two dead and 21 injured after shots shortly before Oslo’s Pride Parade – Politics

It was supposed to be the start of a merry weekend of parties – but deadly shots turned a popular gay bar in Oslo into a horror scene. A suspicious lone gunman shot dead two people in the center of the Norwegian capital on Saturday night. At least 21 others were injured, ten of them seriously, according to police.

He is now also being investigated on suspicion of terrorism. Inspector Tore Soldal said hate crimes were highly suspect. The attacker is to be a Norwegian with Iranian roots.

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The London Pub nightclub – the main target of the attacks – is considered a popular meeting place for gays, lesbians and other members of the queer scene in Oslo. On its website, the club is described as the best “gay bar” and “gay headquarters since 1979” in the city. In fact, many wanted to celebrate there until the weekend: On Saturday, after the cancellation due to a coronavirus pandemic, the “Pride Parade” was to be held in Oslo for the first time – it was canceled again.

The “London Pub” was not the only crime scene, it was shot at other parts of the party mile. At night, police detained the suspect near the scene. The civilians who were present would help.

Sadness in Norway: Flowers and rainbow flags can be seen in the center of Oslo.Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB / Reuters

Investigator Christian Hatlo told the Norwegian newspaper “VG” that the 42-year-old had previously committed a crime. He was sentenced to several months in prison for drug offenses. At night, the police conducted a search of his house. Investigators wanted to comment on the details on Saturday afternoon.

This act caused terror in Norway. King Harald V (85) called on his countrymen to stand by each other. It is important to promote common values ​​such as freedom, diversity and mutual respect so that everyone can feel safe. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre expressed his condolences to the families of the victims after the “cruel and deeply shocking attack”. The Social Democrat assured the queer community: “We are on your side.” Former Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the freedom to love whoever you wanted was attacked.

Organizers are canceling the Pride Parade scheduled for today in Oslo

The organizers of the Oslo “Pride Parade”, who wanted to really celebrate their 40th parade on Saturday, canceled the whole event on the advice of the police. “We will soon be proud and visible again,” said Kristin Haugsevje, head of Pride. But now you want to stop and send love and wishes to the relatives of the victims.

Police are securing a crime scene in the Norwegian capital.Photo: Javad Parsa / NTB / AFP

Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen only informed on Friday evening how the city is looking forward to the parade after years of pandemics. Even on Saturday, rain bean flags lined all of Oslo – not only restaurants and bars, but also embassies and office buildings.

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