Suspect in LGBT bar shooting is an Islamist with mental health issues: Norwegian Intelligence

Police and intelligence networks Norway they believe the suspect arrested in a deadly shooting in Oslo is a Radicalized Islamist who has a history of mental illnessagents said Saturday.

The suspect, who was not identified by police, is known to the security services since 2015added the local intelligence service PST.

Patrons of a gay bar in Oslo hid in a basement and desperately called for loved ones as a gunman opened fire, killing two people and wounding more than 20 on the day the city holds its annual Pride parade for women. sexual minorities.

The attack took place in the early hours of Saturday and the victims were shot inside and outside the London Pub, a former center of the LGBTQ+ scene in Oslo; as well as in commercial establishments in the surroundings.

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the suspect, a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin, He was arrested minutes after the shooting began, according to police, who said they believed he acted alone.

Two weapons, including an automatic pistol, were recovered from the crime scene, they added.

Bili Blum-Jansen, who was at the London Pub, said he fled to the basement to escape the hail of bullets and he hid there along with 80 to 100 other people.

“Many called their partners and relatives, it almost felt like they were saying goodbye. Others helped calm down those who were extremely terrified,” he told TV2.

“I had a bit of a panic and thought that if the attacker came, we would all be dead. there was no way out“.

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