Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Clad Gunman In Shooting At Mosque, One Injured

Clad Gunman In Shooting At Mosque, One Injured

A Norwegian suspected of killing his stepsister and opening fire at a mosque near Oslo is suspected of a terrorist act and murder, police said Monday, allegations he rejects.

"He is exercising his right not to be interrogated", his defence lawyer Unni Fries, told Reuters.

The attack took place on the eve of the Muslim celebration of Eid Al-Adha, marking the end of the Muslim pilgrimage Hajj, stoking fears among Norway's muslims.

Imran Mushtaq, a board member at the Al-Noor mosque, told NRK that more than a dozen people were praying inside the mosque just 10 minutes before the suspect arrived.

A judge is expected to rule later in the day on the police request to formally detain him, the Oslo District Court said.

Skjold said police were also examining the suspect's online activity prior to the shooting at the mosque, but would not provide details.

An older man sustained light injuries, police told a news conference on Saturday.

- Police in Norway said Sunday that they were investigating a foiled attack at a mosque near Oslo as an attempted act of terrorism after a white gunman in a helmet and body armor opened fire but was overpowered before injuring anyone.

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Norwegian police said they were aware that the man they had in custody had been active online prior to the shooting.

In 2011, white supremacist Anders Behring Breivik massacred 77 people - the majority of whom were teenagers - in Norway's worst ever peacetime atrocity.

Police vehicles are seen on Saturday near the Al-Noor Islamic Centre mosque where a gunman, armed with multiple weapons, went on a shooting spree in the town of Baerum, a suburb of Oslo. As the gunman targeted Muslims in the mosque, a 65-year-old man named Mohammed Rafiq managed to overpower the shooter.

Police said the man is a suspect in that death.

The mosque's director told local media that the victim was a 75-year-old member of the congregation.

Prosecutors had requested a maximum pre-trial detention period of four weeks on charges of murder and terrorism, citing the ongoing investigation.

Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Sunday assured Norway's Muslim community of government support.

Nearly 4% of Norway's 5.3 million people are refugees, and roughly 12% of the population consists of immigrants or children of immigrants, according to official figures.

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