Zaniar Matapour is the accused mass shooter at a gay nightclub in Oslo, Norway and elsewhere.
According to VGa Norwegian-language website, the suspect is Matapour, 42, and he was arrested in connection with the mass shooting that took place partially outside a bar in Oslo, Norway, on June 24, 2022.
According to the website, two people died and 21 people were injured in the mass shooting. The sun reported that Matapour is an “Iranian refugee”. He also used the name Samuel Steffa, according to RB, who added that the suspect faces charges of “murder, attempted murder and terrorism”.
Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of Norway, wrote on Facebook:
The shooting outside a London pub in Oslo tonight was a cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people. My thoughts are with those affected and their families. We still don’t know what is behind this horrific act, but to the squares who are scared and saddened now, I want to say that we all stand by you.
Here’s what you need to know:
Matapour, who has a criminal history, sympathized with ISIS, authorities say
Matapour “opened fire at three different locations in Oslo, Norway during Pride Month celebrations,” The Sun reported. These venues, according to The Sun, were the London Pub Gay Club, the Herr Nilsen Jazz Club and a “takeaway”.
According to VG, Matapour has a criminal history that includes convictions for aggravated assault and drug possession. The attempted murder charge was dropped.
In a press conference, PST chief Roger Berg said the suspect had a “long history of violence and threats,” according to VG.
The site reported that according to the authorities, Matapour has been on the police radar since 2015 “out of concern that he was radicalized at the time and became part of an extreme Islamist network of contacts in Norway”.
According to this site, he sympathized with ISIS.
According to NRK, “In 1999 he was first sentenced to 10 months in prison for stabbing in a nightclub. When the appeal went to the Court of Appeal, he was acquitted of several of the charges.”
Two men died in the attack
According to NRK, another Norwegian-language site, the victims are “two men in their fifties and sixties.” Their names have not been published.
The site reported that authorities “regard the shooting as an extreme Islamist act of terrorism.” This site reported that authorities spoke to the suspect in May 2022 because he was “demonstrating against a group who were burning the Koran on the streets of Oslo”.
Authorities are investigating whether the shooting is a hate crime or political violence, according to NRK, which added the suspect’s mental health issues are being investigated.
Matapour worked as a plumber
According to The Sun, Matapour worked as a plumber. He was born in Kurdistan and moved to Norway at the age of 12.
“In 1993 he and his family moved to Ammerud where he finished secondary school before starting Stovner High School,” RB reported, adding that he did not finish high school but was involved in sports growing up. but also used drugs.
Acting Norwegian security service chief Roger Berg called the shootings an “extreme Islamist act of terrorism”. according to NBC News.
Police said a handgun and an automatic weapon were used in the mass shooting, NBC reported.
Eyewitness Olav Roenneberg told Norwegian television channel NRK that he “saw a man coming with a bag” before “he picked up a gun and started shooting,” NBC reported.
“At first I thought it was an airgun. Then the glass in the bar next door shattered and I understood I had to run for cover,” he said.
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