Two more arrested for suspected involvement in Oslo Pride shooting

Norwegian police said Monday they had arrested two alleged accomplices of the suspect in a June shooting that killed two people in Oslo on the sidelines of Pride celebrations.

Pictured are mourners following the shooting in Oslo.
Police have arrested two more suspects linked to the Oslo Pride shooting. Pictured: A woman with a progress flag stands at a makeshift memorial at a crime scene on June 25 photo by Olivier Morin / AFP)

The two suspects were arrested on Sunday in Oslo suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”, the Oslo police said in a statement.

One is a Somali man in his forties, the other a Norwegian in his thirties — both of them known to police. Their identities were not disclosed.

In the early hours of June 25, a man opened fire near a gay bar in central Oslo during celebrations linked to the city’s Pride festival.

The shooting killed two men, aged 54 and 60, and wounded 21 others. Immediately after the shooting, police arrested Zaniar Matapour, a
43-year-old Norwegian of Iranian origin, on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

The new arrests bring the number of people implicated in the attack to four, as Norwegian police announced last week they were seeking another suspect linked to the shooting.

On Friday, Oslo police announced that they had issued an international arrest warrant for Arfan Qadeer Bhatti, a 45-year-old Islamist with a prior conviction, who is also suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”.

“The police still believes Bhatti is in Pakistan,” a country with which Norway has no extradition agreement, police said Monday.

“To ensure the best possible cooperation with the Pakistani authorities, we had Oslo police officers in Pakistan a short time ago,” it added.

According to police, they have not yet had direct contact with Arfan Bhatti but have spoken to his Norwegian lawyer, Svein Holden, and say they expect the legal proceedings in Pakistan to take time.

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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.