Norway has had 'vague' tip on mosque shooter

One person has been injured in a shooting inside a mosque in Norway and a man has been apprehended police say

An attack by a gunman at a Norwegian mosque on Saturday will be investigated as a possible act of terrorism, police said on Sunday.

A man held by Norwegian authorities as a suspect in the shooting at the al-Noor Islamic Centre, outside of Oslo, appeared in court on Monday.

"We're investigating this as an attempt at carrying out an act of terrorism", Assistant Chief of Police Rune Skjold told a news conference on Sunday.

Following the attempted attack on the Mosque, investigators found the body of his 17-year-old stepsister at a different location.

The man suspected of shooting at people inside a Norwegian mosque, and of killing his stepsister, has appeared in court with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck.

The country was the scene of one of the worst-ever attacks by a right-wing extremist in July 2011, when 77 people were killed by Anders Behring Breivik.

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.

Rafiq said he used momentum to tackle the shooter and throw him to the ground and disarm him, before the other men present at the mosque rushed to his help.

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

A 65-year-old retired Pakistani air force officer, Mohammad Rafiq, has been praised for seizing the attacker, pinning him down and taking his weapons from him.

There has been a recent spate of white nationalist attacks in the West, including in the United States and in New Zealand where 51 Muslim worshippers were killed in March at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

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

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

According to police, the man refused to answer questions.

A suspect involved in the Oslo mosque shooting has been arrested.

Head of Norway's security police (PST) Hans Sverre Sjovold speaks at a news conference in Oslo, Norway, on August 12, 2019. "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 incident comes almost eight years after Norway's deadliest peacetime attack, when anti-Muslim neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik massacred 77 people at a camp.



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