Norwegian shot dead in Philippines

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UPDATED: An 18-year-old Norwegian man was shot dead in Quezon City, the Philippines, in the early hours of the morning on Sunday July 31.

The young man, later named as Mikael Troy Johansen Rasay from Oslo, was with a group of fellow Norwegian travellers when he was shot at 05:45 local time, before being pronounced dead at a hospital nearly two hours later. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry confirmed the death on Sunday, revealing to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that his family had been informed.

A local journalist has told Norwegian TV station TV2 that it was believed that the 18-year-old had intervened to stop a fight between a woman and a man before he was shot. The man who had been fighting the woman then turned on the Norwegian and attacked him, before being led away by bouncers at the club. The Norwegian was shot three times just minutes later, although local police have, according to TV2, said that it was likely that he was a random victim of a shooting. The alleged killer is believed to have dressed in grey, and police are also looking for a woman who has with him at the time.

Quezon City was formerly the capital of the Philippines, and is the country’s most populous city. It lies just north-east of the capital, Manila.

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