A gunman broke into a same-sex club in downtown Oslo and started shooting, murdering two people and wounding 21. The assailant was arrested by the police who also recovered two pistols. The incident has been called a terrorist attack.
According to Norway’s state broadcaster, there were shootings outside another nightclub and dinner as well and Tore Barstad, a police operations chief said that three of the wounded were seriously injured. According to his report, the shooting had been witnessed by 40 people and there was only one assailant.
A crime reporter present in the area said that, “I saw a man arrive at the scene with a bag, he took up a gun and started shooting.”
A 10-day festival, Osla’s yearly Pride parade was scheduled for Saturday but in light of the shooting and amidst fears (drawn from the time and location of the attack) that it was targeting the L.G.B.T.Q community in the area, the events planned for the afternoon have been cancelled on the recommendation of the police.
The Prime Minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Store, called the attack a “cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people.” Norway is exceptionally strict in terms of weapons with very few attacks being experienced in the country. Owners of guns take safety classes and have licenses. Furthermore, last year the Norwegian parliament banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a 2011 attack.
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