Norway Shooting Suspect Filmed Mosque Attack With GoPro Camera

Evarado Alatorre
Agosto 14, 2019

In addition, police are investigating after the body of a 17-year-old woman, identified as Manshaus's step-sister, was found at his house.

The author said he was selected by "saint tarrant", an apparent reference to New Zealand mosque attack suspect Brenton Tarrant, accused of killing 51 people in attacks on two mosques in March.

Muhammad Rafiq, a 65-year-old retired Pakistani Air Force officer, was one of three people in al-Noor Islamic Centre near the Norwegian capital, Oslo, at the time of the attack.

The court ordered him held in pre-trial detention for four weeks, two of which will be in solitary confinement.

Reuters could not independently verify that the postings were made by Philip Manshaus.

"He started to fire towards the two other men", Rafiq said, adding that he had then grabbed the attacker, holding him down and wrestling the weapons off the attacker.

Sjoevold told a news conference that the agency and the police receive many tips from anxious people every day and the information "didn't go in the direction of an imminent terror planning". Police later named her as his stepsister, Chinese-born Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen.

Police in the area have said that Sunday's attack al-Noor Islamic Centre is being investigated as a "possible act of terrorism". "I represent the mother of the girl", she said, adding that the girl's mother and Manshaus's father were together, and surrounded by friends helping them cope. "He is exercising his right not to be interrogated", his defence attorney, Unni Fries, told Reuters. "He is not admitting any guilt".

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The Norwegian police security service (PST), which monitors and investigates extremist threats, said on August 12 it had received a tip-off regarding Manshaus a year ago, but did not launch an investigation at the time.

"The tip was pretty vague and was not indicative of any imminent terrorism plot", PST chief Hans Sverre Sjovold told reporters.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said police had ramped up security on Sunday as thousands of Muslims gathered at mosques for the Eid celebration.

"The prosecution will request closed doors to the prison meeting for the sake of danger of forfeiture, as the investigation is at an early stage and the accused has not provided an explanation to the police", the Oslo police department said in a press release.

"We are trying to combat this, but it's a challenge".

In 2011, anti-Muslim neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik massacred 77 people in Norway's worst peacetime atrocity, the majority of them teenagers at a youth camp.

Philip Manshaus, 21, was charged with attempted murder as well as the murder of his 17-year-old stepsister, the BBC reports.

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