Norwegian police are investigating night shooting as terrorism, a march of pride canceled
Norway is a relatively safe country, but in 2011 it was rocked by an attack by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik.
On July 22, 2011, he first detonated a bomb in the government district of Oslo, killing eight people.
Shortly thereafter, he shot and killed 69 participants at a summer camp for social democratic youth on the island of Utöya.
The detainee has Norwegian citizenship and is from Iran. He was previously in the crosshairs of the police, now refusing to testify.
Police charged him with murder, attempted murder and acts of terrorism, prosecutor Christian Hatlo said at a news conference.
One hypothesis is that it was a hate crime, he added. Police searched the detainee’s apartment during the night, seizing two firearms, one handgun and one automatic, as well as two telephones.
A parade for the rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community was supposed to pass through the Norwegian capital today, but the organizers cancelled it on the recommendation of the police, TV2 reported.
Norway this year marks 50 years since same-sex relations were allowed. Many accompanying events were tied to the Pride March.