A Norwegian man held over allegations of murdering his stepsister and firing live rounds in a mosque close to Oslo denies homicide and attempted murder, AFP quoted his lawyer as saying on Monday, August 12th. Philip Manshous, 21, is suspected of murdering his seventeen-year-old step sister and of attempted murder at the Al-Noor mosque. Another "attempted act of terror" charge is being considered by police. Manshous’s lawyer, Unni Fries, told AFP he could Manshous rejects the allegations. At 1pm on August 12th, a judge saw Manshous for a detention hearing. The police requested it be a closed session.
Manshous entered the mosque in the Baerum suburb in Oslo carrying not less than two weapons and began firing but a 65-year-old man was able to bring him down without sustaining major injuries. The body of a girl found hours later at a home in Baerum was identified by police on August 11th as Manshous’s 17-year-old stepsister. Local media sources say the girl, who was of Chinese ancestry, was the adopted daughter of the partner of Manshous’s father.
According to Oslo's acting chief of police, operation Rune Skjold investigations revealed that Manshous seemed to lean towards "far-right" and "anti-immigrant" stances.