Published On: Sun, Aug 11th, 2019

Norway mosque shooting: Everything we know as shooting probed as terror act | World | News

A Norwegian man opened fire on the Al-Noor Islamic Centre in Bærum, Norway on Saturday. As the gunman targeted Muslims in the mosque, a 65-year-old man named Mohammed Rafiq managed to overpower the shooter. Mr Rafiq suffered minor injuries in the process and has since been branded a “hero” in the Scandinavian nation.

A witness said of Mr Rafiq: “He is a hero. Had he not stopped this terrorist, he would have died.”

The gunman has been described as a 21-year-old white Norwegian male.

After he was arrested, a woman was found dead at his house.

According to Norwegian newspaper VG, police confirmed that she was the suspect’s 17-year-old younger sister.

She was adopted to Norway from China and the two were step-siblings.

Acting chief of the police operation Rune Skjold said that the man appeared to hold “far-right” and “anti-immigrant” views and had expressed sympathy for Vidkun Quisling, the leader of Norway’s collaborationist government during the Nazi occupation.

The gunman, who appeared to have acted alone, is currently facing prosecution for murder and attempt of murder – not terror.

According to police, the man refused to answer questions. Police are assessing whether to press terrorism charges.

The head of the Al-Noor mosque said only three people had been inside at the time of the attack.

Irfan Mushtaq told Norwegian TV-channel TV2 that the attacker had “carried two shotgun-like weapons and a pistol”.

He added: “He broke through a glass door and fired shots.”

The mosque had previously implemented extra security measures after a gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this year.

In a forum post online, the arrested gunman praised the man accused of the attack, Brenton Tarrant.

Police say they are investigating the suspect’s online activity.

Following Saturday’s attack the police have increased security around the celebration of the Muslim holiday of Eid.

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