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Norway: One injured in gun attack on Norwegian mosque

Sunday 11 August 2019, by siawi3

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/10/update-1-one-person-injured-in-shooting-at-norway-mosque-suspect-in-custody


Norway
One injured in gun attack on Norwegian mosque

Police believe suspect may have killed relative before attack on man, 75, at al-Noor Islamic Centre near Oslo

Reuters in Oslo

Sat 10 Aug 2019 23.24 BST
First published on Sat 10 Aug 2019 17.55 BST

Police officers walk out of the al-Noor Islamic centre near Oslo. Photograph: Ntb Scanpix/Reuters

One person has been injured in a shooting inside a mosque in Norway, Oslo police said on Saturday, adding that a man had been apprehended.

The suspect may also have killed a relative before launching the attack, police said. “A young woman was found dead at the suspect’s address,” assistant chief of police Rune Skjold told a news conference, adding that the man was suspected of murder.

The suspected gunman at the al-Noor Islamic Centre near the country’s capital was described as “a young white man”, police added.

The victim was a 75-year-old member of the congregation, mosque director Irfan Mushtaq told TV2.

“The man carried two shotgun-like weapons and a pistol. He broke through a glass door and fired shots,” he said.

The suspected attacker appeared to have acted alone, the police added. “He is around 20 years old, a Norwegian citizen from the area,” Skjold told Reuters.

The gunman, who wore body armour and a helmet, was overpowered by members of the mosque before police arrived, Mushtaq added.

Only three people were present in the mosque at the time of the attack, preparing for Sunday’s celebration of Eid al-Adha, which up to 1,000 people had been expected to attend, mosque spokesman Waheed Ahmed told Reuters.

Earlier this year the Islamic centre implemented extra security measures following the massacre of more than 50 people at two New Zealand mosques by a suspected right-wing extremist.

In 2011, the anti-Muslim neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik massacred 77 people in Norway’s worst peacetime atrocity, the majority of them teenagers at a leftwing youth camp.

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-11/oslo-norway-mosque-shooting-eid/11403048

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Police attend the scene after a shooting inside the al-Noor Islamic center mosque near Oslo.
Photo: The attempted attack occurred on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. (AP: Terje Pedersen via NTB scanpix )

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The man suspected of a shooting at a mosque in Norway may also have killed a relative before launching the attack, local police have said.

Key points:

The suspect is thought to have praised Christchurch attacker online prior to the incident at a mosque on the outskirts of Oslo
A 75-year-old man reportedly overpowered the suspect, preventing deaths
Norway is the site of one of Europe’s worst acts of right-wing terrorism in 2011, which killed 77 people

“A young woman was found dead at the suspect’s address,” Assistant Chief of police Rune Skjold told a news conference, adding that the man was suspected of murder.

Police earlier said a “young white man” had been apprehended following an armed attack at the al-Noor Islamic Centre near the country’s capital, adding that members of the congregation had overpowered the gunman and stopped the shooting.

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An older man sustained light injuries in the attack but it was too early to say if the wounds were caused by the gunshots or sustained during the attempt to restrain the gunman, according to police.

An initial statement had said one person was shot in the attack.

The 20-year-old suspected attacker appeared to have acted alone, the police added.

“It is a Norwegian young man, with a Norwegian background. He lives in the vicinity,” Mr Skjold had told a press conference earlier Saturday.

“The man carried two shotgun-like weapons and a pistol. He broke through a glass door and fired shots,” mosque director Irfan Mushtaq told TV2.

The shooter, who wore body armour and a helmet, was overpowered by members of the mosque before police arrived, Mr Mushtaq added.

Photo: Police say they will dispatch more officers to protect those celebrating Eid. (AP: Terje Pedersen)

He said the man who overpowered the shooter was 75-years-old and had been reading the Koran after a prayer session.

“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,” Mr Mushtaq told Norwegian newspaper VG.

According to Mr Mushtaq, the mosque had not received any threats ahead of the shooting.

The attack took place on the eve of the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha, marking the end of the Muslim pilgrimage Hajj. Police said they would be sending out more officers so that those celebrating would “be as safe as possible”.

Suspect allegedly posted online before attack

Only three people were present in the mosque at the time of the attack, preparing for Sunday’s celebration of Eid, which up to 1,000 people had been expected to attend, mosque spokesman Waheed Ahmed told Reuters.

Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, tweeted that “nobody should pray in fear of attacks like this.”

“People of prayer and faith must stand together in times like these.”

The mosque earlier this year implemented extra security measures following the massacre of more than 50 people at two New Zealand mosques by a right-wing extremist.

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Norwegian police said they were aware that Saturday’s suspect had been active online before the shooting.
Toxic environment allows hate to flourish
Explaining how 50 people came to be killed, and almost as many badly injured, in Christchurch’s double massacre of Muslims at prayer is heartbreaking but relatively straightforward.

Broadcaster TV2 reported they had learned the identity of the man and located a post to an online forum from someone using the same name, posted only hours before the attack.

The post seemingly praised the New Zealand attacker and ended with the words “Valhall[a] awaits”.

Valhalla refers to heaven where those who die in combat die, as conceived of in Norse mythology — a term which has been used by white supremacist extremists.

There has been a recent spate of white nationalist attacks in the West, including in the United States and the March shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

The al-Noor Islamic centre in Norway shares its name with the worst affected mosque in the New Zealand attacks.

Local Norwegian paper Budstikka said it had contacted the mosque in March after the Christchurch massacre and that officials there had said security would be tightened.

The suspect in the Christchurch killings wrote a hate-filled manifesto in which he said he was influenced by far-right ideologues including the Norwegian mass murderer Breivik.

Breivik detonated a bomb in Oslo that killed eight people and then opened fire on a gathering of the Labour Party’s youth wing on the island of Utoya, killing another 69 people, most of them teenagers.

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