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Norway mosque shooting suspect makes court appearance

Norway mosque shooting suspect makes court appearance”

The man suspected of shooting at people inside a Norwegian mosque on Saturday and of separately killing his stepsister does not admit to any crime and is not speaking with investigators, his lawyer said today. The 21-year-old is also suspected to have murdered his 17-year-old stepsister.

Hours after the attack, the body of a young woman was found in a home in Baerum and police on Sunday confirmed that it was the suspect's 17-year-old stepsister.

OSLO-The man suspected of shooting at people inside a Norwegian mosque on August 10, and of killing his Chinese-born stepsister, appeared in court on August 12 with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck. He was said to be "from the area" where the mosque attack took place, in the town of Baerum.

The shooter, detained by the police, has been charged with murder.

Mohammad Rafiq, a 65-year-old retired Pakistani Air Force officer, went to disarm the attacker, the mosque told Reuters, after hearing "shooting from outside" and seeing the armed young man enter the mosque.

"For so many years, the secret police says the Muslims are the biggest risk for this country, but if you look at those last two major incidents of terrorist activities, it's not Muslims who have done this".

One person in the mosque managed to overpower the gunman, suffering "minor injuries" in the process.

When the suspect appeared at Oslo district court on Monday, prosecutors sought a four-week extension to his custody with a ban on prison visits and no access to media coverage.

Hans Svrerre Sjoevold, head of Norway's domestic security agency PST, admitted police were told to watch Philip Manshaus past year.

"He has not admitted criminal charges", his lawyer Unni Fries told reporters.

Dagbladet, one of Norway largest newspapers, reported that on day of the attack, Manshaus wrote online he had been "chosen" by "Saint (Brenton) Tarrant", the Christchurch gunman. Norwegian PM Erna Solberg said police had ramped up security.

The name of the Oslo mosque is similar to the one in the New Zealand attacks. "We are trying to combat this, but it's a challenge", she said.

In July 2011, Anders Behring Breivik, who followed right-wing ideology and said he feared a "Muslim invasion", killed 77 people in a truck bomb blast near government offices in Oslo and a shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utoya.



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