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Norway pays homage to victims of Oslo shooting

On Sunday, Norway paid tribute to the victims of a deadly shooting near the capital gay bar, shocking a normally peaceful country and canceling its pride march.

The altar of Oslo Cathedral was covered with a rainbow-colored cloth to commemorate the victims of the attack attended by Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

Investigators are investigating the motives of the suspect, who fired early Saturday, killing two and injuring 21.

"Oslo is in mourning. The whole country is upset. This attack has caused it." It was 11 years after right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in a shooting that shook the heart of the country.

"Bullets can't kill love," said Olav Fykse Tveit, the head of the church.

Pointing out that the Church has been opposed to the equal rights of same-sex couples for many years, he states: Many homosexuals have the ability to love that we cannot.

"The shooting ... has put an end to the march of pride," said the sober Prime Minister Jonas Girl Store. "But that didn't put an end to the fight to end discrimination, prejudice, and hatred."

Police suspect

A shooting took place around 1 am on Saturday (2300 GMT on Friday) near the London Pub Gay Club in the nightlife district of Oslo. , The place where the pride party got into full swing.

Two men in their 50s and 60s have died. Twenty-one others were injured.

Police immediately arrested the suspect. The suspect explained that he was a 42-year-old Norwegian man of Iranian descent known to the national security agency. Norwegian media named him Zaniar Matapour.

The domestic intelligence agency PST said it treated the attack as "a terrorist act of Muslims."

The suspect "has a long history of violence and intimidation," said PST chief Roger Berg.

He said the man was on the radar of PST, a member of the "Islamic Extremist Network", "since 2015 in connection with his concerns about extremism."

He also added, "There was a problem with his mental health."

Police ordered the man to be placed under "judicial surveillance" to determine his mental state. He refused to be asked about his motives on Saturday.

On Saturday, intelligence agencies raised the country's threat level from moderate to "abnormal."

'We will not disappear'

Many people weep, bloom, and rainbow-colored to the police guards around the shooting site. I raised the flag.

"Love is love, it's the same for everyone. Everyone has the right to live the way he chooses," said chef Christine Wenstad in honor.

The LGBT Pride March organizer is scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon and has been canceled with police advice.

Nonetheless, thousands marched voluntarily on Saturday in Oslo, demonstrating the unity seen in pride marches across Europe.

"We are here. We are strange. We will never disappear," they chanted.

Soccer player Ada Hegelberg shook a rainbow armband after scoring his first goal in a women's national team match against New Zealand on Saturday night.

Several European leaders have accused the shooting and expressed sympathy.

"We all have the right to love and be loved," tweeted Norwegian NATO Secretary-General Jason Stoltenberg.

On July 22, 2011, Stoltenberg was Prime Minister when Brevic carried out the worst peacetime massacre in the country.