Norway mosque shooting suspect appears in court

Norway mosque shooting suspect appears in court

Police investigating a 21-year-old man suspected of an attempted attack in a Norwegian mosque and of killing his stepsister ignored a "vague" tip off a year ago.

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

Norway has been grappling with the fear of rising extremist violence tied to immigration at least since 2011, when an attacker killed 92 people in a bombing and mass shooting.

Legit.ng gathers that the assistant chief of police, Rune Skjold, said that the suspect is around 20 years old.

Yesterday, when a white supremacist terrorist tried to carry out Christchurch-style massacre in a Norway Mosque, this 75 year old jumped on him, held him in a chokehold & sat on him till police arrived. Police said the man is a suspect in that death.

Hans Sverre Sjoevold told a news conference Monday that the agency receives many tips from anxious people every day and the information "didn't go in the direction of an imminent terror planning".

The suspect, armed with multiple weapons, opened fire in the mosque in Baerum, a suburb of Oslo, on Saturday afternoon, before being overpowered by a man who suffered "minor injuries" in the process.

Norwegian police said they were aware that the man they had in custody had been active online prior to the shooting.

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

Mohammad Rafiq said he threw the gunman to the ground after the man entered the al-Noor Islamic Center in Baerum near the Norwegian capital of Oslo on Saturday, before the two other men inside the mosque rushed to help him pin down the gunman.

Three people were present in the mosque at the time, mosque spokesman Waheed Ahmed said.

His face and neck marked by bruises and scratches, Philip Manshaus was also charged with attempted murder, as well as the murder of his stepsister.

Norway's Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, told media that "what happened yesterday are things that should not happen in Norway".

"He rejects the allegations and exercises his right to not explain himself", she said. Anders Behring Breivik is serving a 21-year prison sentence for carrying out a terror attack.

Nearly 4% of Norway's 5.3 million people are refugees, and roughly 12% of the population consists of immigrants or children of immigrants, according to official figures.

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