Two people have been killed and 21 injured in three consecutive shootings in Oslo, including in a gay bar.
The attacks came on the eve of LGBTQ Pride celebrations in the city. Following the shootings, all Pride events have been cancelled.
Authorities in the Norway’s capital said a 42-year-old Norwegian national - who appears to have been previously known to police - had been arrested within minutes of the shootings and was believed to be the sole perpetrator.
Investigators have confirmed to the media that it is possible that the attack was a hate crime against the LGBTQ community.
The bar that was attacked was the London Pub - one of Oslo's best known LGBTQ venues. Shots were also fired at a nearby jazz bar and a takeaway food outlet.
Violence of this nature is rare in Norway, but this attack will trigger comparisons to a mass shooting in 2011 when 77 people were killed by a far-right extremist.
What's life like for LGBTQ people in Norway?
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Norway? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is homosexuality legal in Norway?
Yes. It was decriminalised in 1972.
Are there anti-discrimination protections in place in Norway?
Yes. Protections were implemented in 1981 – one of the first countries in the world to protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexuality.
Is there Marriage Equality in Norway?
Yes. Marriage Equality was adopted in 2009.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Norway?
Norway is one of the countries at the forefront of LGBTQ equality.
However, this attack - people killed in a gay bar on the eve of Pride - will send shockwaves through the community and the entire country.