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Death and despair when a gunman fires at a gay bar in Oslo on the day of the Pride Parade

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Terje Solsvik and Gwladys Fouche

OSLO — The horrifying reuters at the gay bar in Oslo hide in the basement and desperately love when the shooters rampage and kill them. People and more than 20 injured on the day they were supposed to celebrate the annual Pride Parade.

The attack took place early Saturday, with victims shot inside and outside the London pub, a long-time hub of the Oslo LGBTQ scene, and in the surrounding streets and one other bar in the center. rice field. Of the Norwegian capital.

Bili Blum-Jansen, who was in a pub in London, said he fled to the basement to escape the bullet hail and hid there with 80 to 100 other people.

"Many people called their partners and family and felt like they were saying goodbye. Others calm those who are very afraid. "I helped," he told TV2.

"I was a little panicked and thought that if one or more shooters arrived, we would all die. There was no way out."

A 42-year-old Norwegian citizen from Iran was detained minutes after embarking on a shooting, police said he believed he had acted alone. They added that two weapons, including a fully automatic gun, were recovered from the crime scene.

"There is reason to think this might be a hate crime," the police said. "We are investigating whether the pride itself was the target or other motives."

Other witnesses have been in business since 1979. I explained the turmoil that happened inside and outside the London Bar.

"Many people cried, the injured screamed, people were suffering and scared-very, very scary," he said, leaving the bar just before the shooting. Marcus Nibakken, 46, who returned to help at, said.

"My first thought was that pride was the target. That's scary."

Public broadcaster NRK journalist Olav Roenneberg said he was in the area at the time. He said he saw a man arrive with his bag, take out his gun and start shooting. He had to cover.

Authorities said the attack was also being investigated as a possible terrorist act. It was not clear exactly where the two were killed in the London Bar area.

Norwegian police carrying guns

Normally unarmed Norwegian police will carry guns as a precautionary measure until notified. Benedict Bjornland, President of the State, said. The Norwegian PST Intelligence Service is investigating whether further attacks may occur, he added. "There are no signs of that so far," said PST.

The organizers of Oslo Pride canceled the parade on Saturday because of police advice. "We will soon be proud and visible again, but today we will mark a celebration of pride at home," they said.

Norwegian King Haral said he and his royal family were devastated by the attack, and police also said that 10 were seriously injured and 11 were slightly injured.

"We need to stand together and uphold our values: freedom, diversity, and respect for each other," added the 85-year-old monarch.

The shooting took place just a few months after Norway's 50-year-old law on gay sex was abolished. Police said the suspect was known to authorities, including violence of a less serious nature.

Although the far-right radical Anders Behring Breivik experienced mass shootings motivated by hatred, such as when 77 people were killed in 2011, 5.4 million Scandinavian countries still have many. Crime rates are lower than in western countries. And Gwladys Fouche; edited by Sam Holmes and Pravin Char)