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Mosque shooting in Norway an act of terrorism

Mosque shooting in Norway an act of terrorism”

A man in his 20s was taken into custody after the shooting inside the Al-Noor Islamic Center that wounded one person, Oslo police said. The shooter, who wore body armor and a helmet, was overpowered by members of the mosque before police arrived, Mushtaq added.

In a forum post online, the arrested gunman praised the man accused of the attack, Brenton Tarrant.

After the shooting, police went to his residence and said they found his 17-year-old sister dead.

Oslo Deputy Police Inspector Rune Skjold said during a news conference Sunday that mosque shooting was being treated as an attempted terror attack in part because the investigation uncovered evidence of the man's "right-wing extremist views" and alleged animosity toward immigrants.

"The man carried two shotgun-like weapons and a pistol".

The incident comes almost eight years after Norway's deadliest peacetime attack, when anti-Muslim neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik massacred 77 people at a camp. Police confirmed that the woman was related to the suspect.

The attack took place one day before thousands of Muslims gathered at mosques for the Eid celebration, and the congregation targeted by the gunman expected up to 1,000 people to attend.

Shots were fired in the attack, but nobody at the mosque was killed. A gunman who opened fire at a mosque outside Oslo, Norway on Saturday was thwarted by a 65-year-old congregant who put him in a chokehold.

Oslo police increased security around Sunday's celebrations, including ordering their patrols to be armed, which is generally not the case.

Skjold said police were also examining the suspect's online activity prior to the shooting at the mosque, but would not provide details.

"Today we stand shoulder to shoulder with Norwegian Muslims in condemning the attack", Solberg said in a Facebook post.

Police said they were assessing whether it would be necessary to step up security at mosques on Sunday, the start of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday.

Breivik said he was motivated by his hatred of multiculturalism, and detonated a massive bomb and then opened fire on a gathering of the Labour Party's youth wing on the island of Utoya. He has not been named by authorities nor has the motive in the attack; he has been charged with murder and attempted murder.



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