THIS is the first picture of an Iranian refugee Zaniar Matapour charged with killing two people and injuring 21 others in a terror attack shooting at a gay bar.
During the celebrations for Pride month in Oslo, Norway, 42-year-old Zaniar Matapour is suspected of opening fire at three separate sites in the city.
He is facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and acts of terrorism.
Now that more information is available, we know that the lone wolf was born in Iranian Kurdistan and moved to Norway when he was 12 years old.
In 2015, the police were concerned that former plumber Matapour had gotten radicalized and was part of a “Islamist extremist network.” He was on their radar because of these concerns.
A little over a month ago, the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) came to the conclusion that he did not pose “an immediate threat.”
The head of the PST, Roger Berg, stated that Matapour had “difficulties with his mental health” and a “long history of violent and threatening behavior.”
According to the suspect’s attorney, it is now anticipated that the alleged shooter will be placed under judicial observation in order to ascertain his state of mind.
The rampage began at approximately 1.14am local time, when shots were heard being fired.
The London Pub gay club, the Herr Nilsen jazz club, and a takeaway food store that was crowded with revelers enjoying the pleasant summer evening were the places that were targeted in this attack.
Five minutes later, Matapour was taken into custody, and both an automatic weapon and a handgun were found in his possession.
During the horrific incident, there were a total of 21 persons injured, and sadly, two of the victims were unable to be saved.
Of these, ten were transported to the hospital in an emergency, and three of them were listed as being in critical condition. An other 12 people received treatment at the scene.
In the aftermath of the “exceptional” attack, Norway’s security services have heightened the country’s overall terror danger level.
The police are currently looking into whether or not there were plans for any other attacks during Pride activities.