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Norway Mosque Shooting Investigated as Possible Act of Terrorism

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7Dnews London

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 19:07 GMT

Norwegian Police said that the shooting at a mosque in Oslo, which wounded one person on Saturday August 10th, is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism.

The alleged perpetrator was arrested after the attack and is also suspected of the murder of his 17-year-old stepsister, AP reported. Police had found her body, when they went to his house after the shooting.  

The suspect is in custody, following the shooting Saturday August 10th, at the Al-Noor Islamic Centre, in the Oslo suburb of Baerum. Police say they believe no one else was involved. 

Oslo police official, and acting chief of the operation, Rune Skjold, told a news conference on Sunday August 11th, that the suspect, described as a white male, had been known to police before the incident, but could not be described as someone with a "criminal background."

According to the BBC, Skjold said that the man appeared to hold extreme "far-right" and "anti-immigrant" views, and had expressed sympathy for Vidkun Quisling, the leader of Norway's collaborationist government during the Nazi occupation.