Shooting in Oslo, Norway Leaves 2 Dead and 21 Injured

Norway's Police Security Service has heightened its terror alert to the highest level following a mass shooting in Oslo that resulted in 2 dead and 21 injured. The attack started at about 01:00 local time, when a man opened fire upon people in and around the London Pub, a popular LGBTQ+ venue, and another nearby bar. Police forces state that they have arrested the man and seized a handgun alongside an "automatic" weapon, both of which were described as "not modern".  


The attack comes during Norway's Pride Week and took place hours before a parade meant to be the highlight of the weeklong celebration. Organizers of the parade have cancelled the event following the attack, urging those who planned to watch or participate to avoid attending for safety.


Roger Berg, the acting chief of the Norwegian Police Security Service, considers the shooting a potential "extreme Islamist terror act", and stated that the 42 year-old gunman has a narcotics offence, a record of mental health illnesses, and a previous weapons offence for carrying a knife. The identity of the man was not publicly released though police confirmed that the man had been known to security services since 2015.  


Local media reports state that the shooter is a Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, and is now being held on suspicion of attempted murder, murder, and terrorism, though the exact motive of the attack is still unclear. Police lawyer Christian Hatlo states that it is currently too early to say whether the attacker targeted members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

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