Norwegian Police Intelligence Service, PST raises the terrorist threat from ordinary to extraordinary level.
Zaniar Matapour (42), a Kurdish Norwegian is charged with the murders and terror charges after the shooting in central Oslo. He has previously been convicted of several offenses and is known by PST.
– PST considers the shooting in Oslo as an extreme terrorist act.
This is what PST chief Roger Berg says during a press conference in Nydalen at 14.00 today.
The threat level thus goes up from level 3 to level 5, which is the highest level.
The perpetrator has a long history of violence and threats.
– PST has known about the perpetrator since 2015, with concern that he is being radicalized and was part of an extreme Islamist contact network in Norway, Berg says.
Efforts are being made to investigate the degree of ideological motivation behind the attack, and connection to the associated network, the PST manager explains.
Police units are still working on the scene and have questioned 40 witnesses. Large areas in Oslo center are cordoned off.
Oslo Pride Canceled
Oslo Pride is canceled after the terrorist attack. The management of the event in Oslo takes the decision after a close dialogue with the police.
On Saturday morning, it was decided that Oslo Pride will be canceled on the advice of the police.
Oslo Pride, therefore, asks everyone who has planned to participate in or watch the parade not to attend. All events in connection with Oslo Pride are canceled, Oslo Pride writes in a press release.