A shooting attack at a nightclub in Oslo early on Saturday is under investigation as Norwegian terrorism and authorities have raised the terror alert to the highest level, according to media reports.
The attack left two people dead and more than 20 injured, the Associated Press reported.
It happened around 1 a.m. Saturday at the London Pub, a nightclub in the center of the Norwegian capital, and surrounding areas, Norway’s main newspaper, Aftenposten, reported. The London Pub is well known as a popular gay nightclub, Aftenposten said, and the shooting took place the night before Oslo celebrated its Pride festival, including a parade on Saturday. The parade was canceled on the advice of police, the AP reported.
Norway’s police security service called the attack an “extreme” act of terror and said the suspect had “a long history of violence and threats”, as well as mental health issues, according to the report. PA.
The security service raised its terror alert level to “extraordinary” – the highest level – after the attack, the AP reported.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen condemned the shooting as a crime of bias.
“I am shocked by the heinous attack on innocent people in Oslo”, von der Leyen tweeted. “No one should have to fear for their life or well-being just for who they are. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims.”