Jun 25, 2022 - World

Norway on high alert after 2 killed, 21 injured in Oslo mass shooting

Norwegian police officers between security tape in Oslo on June 25.
Norwegian police officers in a taped-off area in Oslo on June 25. Photo: Javad Parsa/NTB/AFP via Getty Images

Authorities in Norway are investigating as an act of terrorism a shooting in a nightlife district in Oslo early Saturday morning in which two people were killed and at least 21 injured, according to the BBC.

Driving the news: A 42-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorist acts in connection with the attack that unfolded at three separate locations, including a gay bar.

  • The shooting occurred just hours before Oslo was set to hold its first Pride parade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The organizers of the parade, Oslo Pride, canceled the event after receiving "clear advice and a recommendation from the police."

What they're saying: "We will follow the police's recommendation and take care of each other. We are sending warm thoughts and love to next of kin, those who were wounded and others affected," the organization said in a statement Saturday.

  • "We will soon be proud and visible again, but today, we will share our Pride celebrations from home."

The big picture: A lawyer for law enforcement officials told reporters that the suspect was a Norwegian citizen who was originally from Iran and had a record of minor crimes, according to the New York Times.

  • The country raised its terrorism threat assessment to its highest level after the attack. Police, who are normally unarmed, will now carry guns as a precaution, according to Reuters.
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