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Police suspect murder after Holmestrand fire

Police in south-eastern Norway have launched a murder inquiry after a person was found dead near a burning outhouse in Holmestrand on Friday morning.

Police suspect murder after Holmestrand fire
Photo: Vegard Grøtt/Scanpix

A Norwegian man with a previous criminal recorded was arrested at the scene as injuries were discovered on the dead body.

“He will be charged with murder and we will try to question him during the day,” said police lawyer Jan Helge Palm at a press conference on Friday.

Police receive a report of a fire at the outhouse at 5.40am. Ten minutes later they learned that a man had been found dead at the side of a nearby road.

“Police found the man who has been arrested near the fire. He had minor injuries and was complaining of having trouble breathing. He was behaving normally and was initially just going to be driven for a health check-up,” said Palm.

The dead man has not yet been identified.

Police have asked for anyone who may have information relating to the case to come forward.

Police would not say what sort of injuries the dead man had sustained but witnesses said there was blood on the road near the where the body was found.

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Two more arrested for suspected involvement in Oslo Pride shooting

Norwegian police said Monday they had arrested two alleged accomplices of the suspect in a June shooting that killed two people in Oslo on the sidelines of Pride celebrations.

Two more arrested for suspected involvement in Oslo Pride shooting

The two suspects were arrested on Sunday in Oslo suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”, the Oslo police said in a statement.

One is a Somali man in his forties, the other a Norwegian in his thirties — both of them known to police. Their identities were not disclosed.

In the early hours of June 25, a man opened fire near a gay bar in central Oslo during celebrations linked to the city’s Pride festival.

The shooting killed two men, aged 54 and 60, and wounded 21 others. Immediately after the shooting, police arrested Zaniar Matapour, a
43-year-old Norwegian of Iranian origin, on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

The new arrests bring the number of people implicated in the attack to four, as Norwegian police announced last week they were seeking another suspect linked to the shooting.

On Friday, Oslo police announced that they had issued an international arrest warrant for Arfan Qadeer Bhatti, a 45-year-old Islamist with a prior conviction, who is also suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”.

“The police still believes Bhatti is in Pakistan,” a country with which Norway has no extradition agreement, police said Monday.

“To ensure the best possible cooperation with the Pakistani authorities, we had Oslo police officers in Pakistan a short time ago,” it added.

According to police, they have not yet had direct contact with Arfan Bhatti but have spoken to his Norwegian lawyer, Svein Holden, and say they expect the legal proceedings in Pakistan to take time.

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