Norwegian police say second suspect involved in deadly Oslo shooting

Norwegian police said on Friday they had issued an international arrest warrant for a second suspect in a June shooting that killed two people near a gay bar in central Oslo.

A mourner laying flowers at the site of a shooting.
Norwegian police have said a second suspect was involved in the shooting in Oslo. A woman lays down flowers at a makeshift memorial at the crime scene on June 25, 2022, in the aftermath of a shooting outside pubs and nightclubs in central Oslo killing two people injuring 21. Photo by Olivier Morin / AFP

The suspect is a Norwegian in his 40s who had already shown up on police radar and is suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”, Borge Enoksen, a police official, told a press conference. Police think the man is currently abroad, but did not provide any more details.

According to TV2, the suspect is Arfan Bhatti, a 44-year-old Islamist with prior convictions who is thought to be in Pakistan, which does not have an extradition treaty with Norway.

On June 25th, Zaniar Matapour, 43, is alleged to have opened fire near a gay bar in central Oslo in the early morning hours, amid celebrations linked to the city’s Pride festival.

The shooting killed two men, aged 54 and 60, and wounded 21 others, with Matapour quickly arrested. Matapour, a Norwegian of Iranian origin, had been known to Norway’s PST intelligence service since 2015, with concerns about his radicalisation and membership of “an extremist Islamist network”.

Norway’s domestic intelligence service has previously described the attack as “an act of Islamist terrorism” and said Matapour had “difficulties with his mental health”. He is currently at a psychiatric hospital for court-ordered mental evaluation.

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Young man shot and killed close to Grønland subway station in Oslo

A man in his 20s was shot and killed close to Grønland subway station in Oslo early Sunday morning. The police have brought in two people for questioning.

Young man shot and killed close to Grønland subway station in Oslo

The man who was shot was initially attended to by health personnel at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.

One person was reportedly seen running away from the scene of the crime.

Police task leader Rune Hundere told news bureau NTB that the police have reason to believe that there is a relationship between the perpetrator and the man who was shot and killed.

He added that the deceased is a man in his 20s.

“We have spoken to some witnesses, but not many have seen the incident. We are working on mapping out the video surveillance at the site,” operations manager Line Skott in the Oslo Police District said.

Two people brought in for questioning

The police have deployed large resources to search for the perpetrator.

At 9 am, Renate Medby in the Oslo police announced that two people had been brought in for questioning, according to the newspaper VG.

“We do not think this is a case of a random shooting, so considering the information we have, there is no reason to believe that there is a danger to the public in the area,” Skott added.