Norwegian authorities say a man detained for a suspected murderous Islamist weekend before an LGBTQ festival in Oslo still refuses to speak to police, making it difficult to establish whether he had accomplices
Copenhagen, Denmark — A man detained for an alleged murderous Islamist weekend before an LGBTQ festival in Oslo still refuses to speak to police, making it difficult to establish whether he had accomplices, Norwegian authorities said on Wednesday.
Zaniar Matapour, a 43-year-old Norwegian citizen from Iran, was arrested shortly after Saturday’s shooting in the Norwegian capital’s nightlife district and is being held on charges of murder and attempted murder.
Two people were killed and more than 20 injured in what Norwegian security services described as an “Islamist terrorist act”.
Prosecutor Børge Enkosen told a press conference on Wednesday that the suspect’s refusal to be interviewed means “we still don’t know if he may have had any accomplices”. He added that the police had offered to question Matapour without audio or video recording, but he refused.
The suspect’s attorney, Bernt Heiberg, told The Associated Press in a text message that his client “has always been skeptical about how the police will present a possible explanation” for his alleged actions.
“So he decided not to give an explanation at this time,” Heiberg said.
Investigators are speculating on a possible motive for the shooting, although police have tried unsuccessfully to question Matapour since Saturday.
The shooter opened fire at three locations, including outside the London Pub, a popular gay bar in downtown Oslo. Police investigators said it was too early to tell if the attacker was specifically targeting the LGBTQ community.