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Zaniar Matapour an Oslo resident who is originally from Iran is involved in the shooting of the nightlife district, killing one man in his 50s and another in his 60s, the Associated Press reported.
Zaniar Matapour is 42 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
Two people have been killed, and at least 21 others have been injured, following a shooting that occurred during a Pride festival in Oslo, Norway.
Early on Saturday morning, a gunman opened fire in the country’s nightlife district, killing one man in his 50s and another in his 60s, the Associated Press reported.
Ten individuals were also treated for serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, while 11 others had minor injuries, the outlet added.
Oslo Pride said it was advised by police to cancel its annual parade and other related events that had been scheduled for this weekend following the shooting, according to ABC News.
A representative for the Oslo Police District did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
The suspect allegedly involved in the shooting has been identified as Zaniar Matapour, an Oslo resident who is originally from Iran, according to the AP, which cited Norwegian media.
He is currently being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, and terrorism, based on the number of people targeted at multiple locations, authorities told the AP.
Investigators recovered two weapons from the scene of the crime, Reuters reported, citing police, and the man was detained minutes after the shooting began.
Norwegian Police Security Service acting chief Roger Berg called the incident an “extreme Islamist terror act” and said that the alleged shooter has a “long history of violence and threats,” per the AP. He also said that he has mental health issues.
Following the shooting, Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store reacted, calling the occurrence a “cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people.”
“My thoughts go out to those affected and their relatives,” he continued.
In another post, Store honored those who he said “are scared, desperate, furious,” writing, “We share in the heartbreak. Together we stand. The entire Norwegian community was hit by the gunshots last night.”
“Together we will continue the fight for the right to love who you want and to be who you are. And together we will stand for democracy and freedom of speech and fight back against the forces that try to divide us with extremism and violence,” he added.
The store then reiterated that planned Pride festivities are now canceled and that residents should “take care of each other. Embrace the affected, and reach out a hand to those struggling.”