COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Authorities in Norway are seeking a second suspect in a deadly shooting attack during the Norwegian capital’s annual LGBTQ Pride festival, police said Friday.
A 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran was arrested after the June shootings in Oslo’s nightlife district that killed two people and wounded more than 20. A second Norwegian man in his 40s is now being sought for a suspected role in the attack, the police said.
“The hypothesis that the attack was carried out with terrorist intent has been strengthened,” prosecutor Børge Enoksen said during a press conference.
The wanted man was well-known to the police and currently outside Norway, but “we do not want to comment on which country the person is currently in,” Enoksen said. Norwegian broadcaster TV2 reported it was Pakistan.
Norwegian media identified the man as a 44-year-old who allegedly posted online statements about killing gay people. The media reports said he knew Zaniar Matapour, the main suspect behind the June 25 attack that the Norwegian Police Security Service has called an “Islamist terror act.”
Matapour who according to Norwegian media arrived in Norway with his family from a Kurdish part of Iran in the 1990s, faces preliminary charges of murder and attempted murder.