2 more arrests in deadly attack during Norway Pride festival

Sep 25, 2022, 3:16 PM | Updated: Sep 26, 2022, 3:18 am
FILE - A Norwegian national flag flutters over flowers and rainbow flags that are placed at the sce...

FILE - A Norwegian national flag flutters over flowers and rainbow flags that are placed at the scene of a shooting in central of Oslo, Norway, on June 26, 2022. A Norwegian citizen in his 40s is being sought after for his role in the deadly shooting in June in Oslo’s nightlife district during the capital’s annual LGBTQ Pride festival, police said Friday Sept. 23, 2022. Another suspect has already been arrested. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

(AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with a deadly shooting during the Norwegian capital’s annual LGBTQ Pride festival, police said Monday. The total number of suspects is now at four.

A 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran was arrested shortly after the June shootings in Oslo’s nightlife district that killed two people and wounded more than 20. A second Norwegian man in his 40s is being sought, police said Friday.

On Monday, police said two more suspects — a man in his 40s with Somali citizenship and a Norwegian national in his 30s — were arrested Sunday. Both are known to the police, authorities said, adding that they are residents of Oslo.

They faces preliminary charges of “complicity in an act of terrorism,” police said.

The suspect who has not yet been detained, Arfan Bhatti, is believed to be in Pakistan. Norwegian police said that, “to ensure the best possible cooperation with the Pakistani authorities, we had officials from the Oslo police district in Pakistan a short time ago. “

Bhatti allegedly posted online statements about killing gay people. Media reports said he knew Zaniar Matapour, the main suspect in the June 25 attack that the Norwegian Police Security Service has called an “Islamist terror act.”

Matapour who according to Norwegian media arrived in Norway with his family from a Kurdish part of Iran in the 1990s, faces preliminary charges of murder and attempted murder.

The names of the suspects arrested Sunday were not given.

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2 more arrests in deadly attack during Norway Pride festival