Racist motives were behind the killing of a Chinese origin girl and the injuring of three worshippers in a Norwegian mosque, AFP said on Tuesday September 17th citing the police.
Philip Manshaus, 22, was arrested after opening fire in the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb on August 10th before he was overpowered by a 65-year-old man.
Just three worshippers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious injuries.
The body of his 17-year-old step-sister was later found in their home.
Adopted by his father's girlfriend, Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, was killed by four bullets, police said in a statement.
Manshaus' explanation and technical evidence, including the lack of a struggle, "support the version that she was killed because of what the attacker considers as race, because she was of Asian origin," police official Pal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby told TV2.
Manshaus, who is being held in custody pending formal charges, has admitted to the facts but has rejected the "terrorist act" and "murder" suspicions against him.
On September 9th, at a court hearing to extend his detention in custody, Manshaus raised his arm in a Nazi salute to the assembled media.