2 killed in mass capturing in Norway; greater than a dozen harm

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OSLO, Norway — Two individuals had been killed and greater than a dozen injured early Saturday in a mass capturing in Oslo, Norwegian police mentioned, as town was gearing up for an annual Delight parade.

The capturing occurred exterior a bar within the downtown space of the Norwegian capital, police mentioned.

A suspect was arrested and police don’t imagine some other individuals had been concerned, police spokesman Tore Barstad mentioned.

Barstad mentioned the motive was not instantly recognized and that it wasn’t clear whether or not the capturing had any connection to the Delight parade that was to be held Saturday in Oslo.

“Police are in touch with the organizers of the Delight occasion this Saturday. There will probably be a steady evaluation of what measures police ought to take to guard that occasion and whether or not this incident has a connection to Delight in any respect,” Barstad informed reporters.

He mentioned 14 individuals had been receiving medical remedy, eight of whom have been hospitalized.

Olav Roenneberg, a journalist from Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, mentioned he witnessed the capturing.

“I noticed a person arrive on the website with a bag. He picked up a weapon and began capturing,” Roenneberg informed NRK. “First I believed it was an air gun. Then the glass of the bar subsequent door was shattered and I understood I needed to run for canopy.”

Norwegian broadcaster TV2 confirmed footage of individuals working down Oslo streets in panic as photographs rang out within the background.

Oslo Delight organizers mentioned they had been in shut contact with the police.

“We’re shocked and saddened by the tragic incident, and we’re following it carefully,” Oslo Delight mentioned in a Fb assertion. “Our ideas are with the victims and their family members.”

Norway is a comparatively protected nation however has skilled violent assaults by right-wing extremists, together with one of many worst mass shootings in Europe in 2011, when a right-wing extremist killed 69 individuals on the island of Utoya after setting off a bomb in Oslo that left eight lifeless.

In 2019, one other right-wing extremist killed his stepsister after which opened hearth in a mosque however was overpowered earlier than anybody there was injured.

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