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2 dead and 14 wounded in Norway nightclub shooting

A shooting at a nightclub in Norway’s capital city Oslo which killed two people and wounded 14 is being investigated as an act of terrorism, Norwegian police have confirmed.

People were shot at a number of places near the London Pub, which is a popular gay bar and nightclub in the city centre.

According to public broadcaster NRK, there are at least three crime scenes. Police said that the suspect was arrested on a nearby street a few minutes later. The arrested man is not co-operating with officers, but his home has been searched, the broadcaster added.

Journalist Olav Roenneberg, from NRK, said: “I saw a man arrive with a bag, he picked up a gun and started to shoot. First I thought it was an air gun, then the glass of the bar next door was shattered, and I understood I had to run for cover.”

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre described the attack as “a cruel and deeply shocking on innocent people.”

Oslo is scheduled to hold its annual Pride parade later on Saturday, however police spokesman Tore Barstad said it was not known whether this is in any way related to the shooting.

“Police are in contact with the organisers of the Pride event this Saturday,” Barstad said. “There will be a continuous assessment of what measures police should take to protect that event and whether this incident has a connection to Pride at all.”

Oslo Pride organisers said on Facebook: “We are shocked and saddened by the tragic incident, and we are following it closely. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.”

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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