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Norway Mosque Attack Investigated As 'Possible Act of Terrorism'

Norway Mosque Attack Investigated As 'Possible Act of Terrorism'

Sunday, 11 August, 2019 - 11:45
A man is seen near the site after a shooting in al-Noor Islamic center mosque, near Oslo, Norway August 10, 2019. NTB Scanpix/Terje Pedersen via REUTERS
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An armed attack at a Norwegian mosque on Saturday will be investigated as a possible act of terrorism, police stated on Sunday.

The suspect at the al-Noor Islamic Center near the Norwegian capital - a young, white male carrying several guns - had expressed far-right, anti-immigrant views online, assistant chief of police Rune Skjold told a news conference, Reuters reported.

“We’re investigating this as an attempt at carrying out an act of terrorism,” he revealed.

The suspect had been apprehended after the attack, in which shots were fired but no one was hurt, with members of the congregation having overpowered him before police arrived.

“These people showed great courage,” Skjold stressed.

According to Reuters, only three people were present in the mosque at the time of the attack, preparing for Sunday’s celebration of the Eid-al-Adha festival, said the mosque spokesman Waheed Ahmed.

The police also said the attacker was also suspected of killing one of his own family members, a young woman who was found dead at his home.

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