Horror on Oslo Pride day as gunman goes on deadly rampage at gay bar

25/06/2022 11:02:00 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Two people die while 21 others are seriously injured after a 42-year-old suspect shot the victims inside and outside a well-known gay bar in Norway

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UPDATED. Two people die while 21 others are seriously injured after a 42-year-old suspect shot the victims inside and outside a well-known gay bar in Norway . Pride Pride 2022

(2nd UPDATE) Two people die while 21 others are seriously injured after a 42-year-old suspect shot the victims inside and outside a well-known gay bar in Norway

The deceased were two men in their 50s and 60s, police said in a statement.Bili Blum-Jansen, who was in the London Pub, said he fled to the basement to escape the hail of bullets and hid there along with 80 to 100 other people.Rainbow flags symbolizing the Pride community were on prominent display across Oslo this week, but Saturday’s planned parade was canceled at the advice of the police.

The suspect was detained minutes after embarking on the shooting spree, according to police who said they believed he acted alone. Two weapons, including a fully automatic gun, were retrieved from the crime scene, they added.“My first thought was that Pride was the target, so that’s frightening.”

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Gunman opens fire at Oslo gay bar, killing two on Pride parade dayTwo people died, while 10 others are seriously injured after the 42-year-old suspect shot the victims inside and outside a well-known gay bar in Norway .

Gunman opens fire at Oslo gay bar, killing two on Pride parade dayTwo people died, while 10 others are seriously injured after the 42-year-old suspect shot the victims inside and outside a well-known gay bar in Norway .

Gunman opens fire at Oslo gay bar, killing 2 on Pride parade dayA suspect, a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin, was detained minutes after, according to police who said they believed he acted alone. “There is reason to think that this may be a hate crime,” officers told a news conference. Pride READ: I don’t know why it’s necessary to put someone’s ethnicity in this report. I feel like it contributes implicitly to the already growing xenophobia in Europe. Yan ang napapala nyo. Sobrang bait nyo sa kanila. Tinanggap nyo, binigyan ng trabaho. Itigil nyo na kasi yung pagpapasok ng mga refugee galing middle east.

OSLO, Norway – Terrified revellers at a gay bar in Oslo hid in a basement and desperately called loved ones as a gunman went on the rampage, killing two people and injuring 21 on the day the city was due to celebrate its annual Pride parade.Published June 25, 2022 9:11am Security forces stand at the site where several people were injured during a shooting outside the London pub in central Oslo, Norway June 25, 2022.Agence-France-Presse OSLO, Norway — Two people were killed and at least 21 others wounded in shootings near bars in central Oslo early Saturday that police were treating as a “terrorist attack”.OSLO, Norway – A gunman went on a terrifying rampage in a gay bar and surrounding streets in Oslo on Saturday, June 25, killing two people and seriously injuring 10 on the day the city’s LGBTQ community was due to celebrate its annual Pride parade.

Authorities said the suspect, a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin, was believed to be a radicalized Islamist with a history of mental illness who had been known to intelligence services since 2015. The attack took place in the early hours of Saturday, June 25, with victims shot inside and outside the London Pub, a longstanding hub of Oslo’s LGBTQ+ scene, as well as in the surrounding streets and at one other bar in the center of the Norwegian capital. Public broadcaster NRK and other local media reported that the shooting had taken place at the London Pub, a popular gay bar and nightclub in the center of the city. The deceased were two men in their 50s and 60s, police said in a statement. Police reported two dead and 14 wounded, said two weapons had been seized and are “investigating the events as a terrorist act”. “Everything indicates that this has been an attack by an Islamist extremist,” Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere told a news conference. A suspect was apprehended nearby, police said. “We don’t (yet) know if the queer community was the intended target, but we know it is a victim,” he said. Two weapons, including a fully automatic gun, were retrieved from the crime scene, they added.

Bili Blum-Jansen, who was in the London Pub, said he fled to the basement to escape the hail of bullets and hid there along with 80 to 100 other people. Oslo is due to hold its annual Pride parade later on Saturday. A Pride march that was due to take place in the capital on Saturday afternoon was called off following the violence in the normally tranquil city. “Many called their partners and family, it felt almost as if they were saying goodbye. Others helped calm down those who were extremely terrified,” he told TV2. Photographs published by newspaper VG, broadcaster NRK and others showed a large gathering of emergency responders outside the London Pub, including police and ambulance workers. “I had a bit of panic and thought that if the shooter or shooters were to arrive, we’d all be dead. Police said the suspect arrested was a Norwegian national of Iranian descent. There was no way out. Three people were severely wounded, police told reporters at the scene, newspaper VG reported. The suspect was known to authorities, including for violence of a less severe nature, police said.

” Rainbow flags symbolizing the Pride community were on prominent display across Oslo this week, but Saturday’s planned parade was canceled at the advice of the police. “Last night the rainbow was coloured black,” said Anette Trettebergstuen, Norway’s minister of culture and equality and herself a prominent campaigner for LGBTQ+ rights. —Reuters. Police received the first reports at 1:14 am and the suspect was arrested five minutes later, he said. While the official parade was called off, several thousand people held a spontaneous march in central Oslo, waving rainbow flags and chanting in English: “We’re here, we’re queer, we won’t disappear.” The suspect was detained minutes after embarking on the shooting spree, according to police who said they believed he acted alone. Two weapons, including a fully automatic gun, were retrieved from the crime scene, they added. – ‘Bleeding man on the ground’ – “He looked very determined about where he was aiming. Norway, a country of 5.

Other witnesses described the chaos that erupted inside and outside the London Pub, which has been open since 1979. “Many people were crying and screaming, the injured were screaming, people were distressed and scared – very, very scared,” said Marcus Nybakken, 46, who had left the bar shortly before the shooting and returned later to help. “My first thought was that Pride was the target, so that’s frightening. Another witness quoted by the paper mentioned the use of an automatic weapon — which the police did not confirm.” Journalist Olav Roenneberg of public broadcaster NRK said he was in the area at the time and saw a man arrive with a bag, take out a gun and start to shoot: “Then I saw windows breaking and understood that I had to take cover.” It was not clear exactly where the two people were killed in the area of the London Pub.

Norway police to carry guns Security authorities raised the country’s terrorism threat assessment to its highest level following the attack. Eight people were taken to hospital and six others were taken care of by a medical service. Norwegian police, who are not normally armed, will carry guns until further notice as a precaution, national chief Benedicte Bjoernland said. King Harald of Norway said he and the royal family were devastated by the attack, which police said also left 10 people seriously wounded and 11 with minor injuries. “We must stand together and defend our values: freedom, diversity and respect for each other,” the 85-year-old monarch added. He first detonated a bomb near the government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight people. The shooting took place just months after Norway marked 50 years since the abolition of a law that criminalised gay sex.

The Nordic nation of 5.4 million has lower crime rates than many Western countries, though it has experienced hate-motivated shootings, including when far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in 2011. – Rappler.com .