Two people are killed and 21 others are injured during mass shootings at three separate sites in central Oslo, Norway, including a gay nightclub. An Iranian-Norwegian man is arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder, and terrorism. The motive is suspected to be Islamic extremism.
On 25 June 2022, two people were killed and 21 more were injured in a mass shooting at three sites in Oslo, Norway. The shootings are believed by the police to have targeted Oslo Pride, the local LGBT pride event hosted by the Oslo branch of the Norwegian Organisation for Sexual and Gender Diversity. The police arrested a man, an immigrant from Iran, who is a naturalised Norwegian citizen. He has been charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorism. The shootings are treated by the police as acts of Islamic terrorism. The shootings were the first mass shooting with a firearm in Norway since the 2011 Utoya attack. The first shooting occurred at London Pub, a popular gay bar and nightclub. According to one witness, the perpetrator shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he started shooting. The perpetrator then moved to two more nearby locations, including the bar Per pa hjornet and a takeaway. Police were called at 1:15 a.m. local time, and arrived minutes later. The suspect was detained five minutes after the attacks. 80 to 100 people hid in the Pub’s basement during the attack and wounded people were lying both inside and outside the bar with the police describing the scene as “chaotic”.
The suspect, identified as 42-year-old Norwegian Iranian Zaniar Matapour, has been charged with murder, attempted murder, and acts of terrorism. According to the the Norwegian security service this was an “Islamist terror act” during the capital’s annual LGBTQ Pride festival. This sudden attack was a part of an unspecified Islamist network.