Mosque shooting in Norway an act of terrorism

Mosque shooting in Norway an act of terrorism

Mosque shooting in Norway an act of terrorism

The suspect was charged with murder after the body of a young woman, identified as his 17-year-old stepsister, was found late Saturday in his home in Baerum. "He is exercising his right not to be interrogated", said his defence lawyer, Unni Fries.

Police were alerted to the shooting at the al-Noor Islamic centre in the Oslo suburb of Baerum shortly after 4 pm (1400 GMT).

The suspect's lawyer declined to comment on Norwegian media reports that Manshaus was inspired by shootings in March in New Zealand, where a gunman killed 51 people, and on August 3 in El Paso, Texas, which left at least 22 dead. He is also suspected in her killing, police said, but did not provide details.

The victim, reportedly a 75-year-old man, was shot but according to police speaking to NRK, the injuries are not life-threatening.

Mr Manshaus is accused of opening fire at the Al-Noor Islamic Centre in Baerum, west of the capital Oslo, on Saturday.

Oslo Police confirmed the attack on Twitter, saying: "One person is shot".

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

Police say he has "extreme right views" and "xenophobic positions" and that he had filmed the mosque attack with a GoPro camera mounted on a helmet.

"Then I see that there are cartridges scattered and blood on the carpets, and I see one of our members is sitting on the perpetrator, covered in blood", Mushtaq told local newspaper VG.

The police were investigating the mosque shooting as an attempted terrorist attack.

The gunman, who appeared to have acted alone, is now facing prosecution for murder and attempt of murder - not terror. "I represent the mother of the girl", she said, adding that the girl's mother and Manshaus's father were together, and surrounded by friends helping them cope.

The post ended with the words "Valhalla awaits", a mythological Norse reference to the afterlife for those who have died in battle.

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg, called the shooting a "direct attack on Norwegian Muslims", as well as an "attack on freedom of religion".

According to the police commissioner, Mike Bush, three men and one woman were in custody in connection with the shooting.

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