Norway mosque suspect rejects murder allegation: lawyer



After he was arrested, police raided his home, where they found the body of his 17-year-old stepsister, whom they suspect was killed by Manshaus prior to the mosque shooting.

The prosecution has asked for Manshaus to be held four weeks in pre-trial detention, mostly in isolation, while also requesting for media and visitor bans, CNN reported.

"He started to fire towards the two other men", Rafiq said, adding that he had then grabbed the terrorist, holding him down and wrestling the weapons off the attacker. He wore a helmet camera, filming the shooting, but did not appear to have broadcast the attack, according to prosecutors.

"This video is key evidence", police attorney Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby said at a news conference.

Security experts believe Philip Manshaus is the latest example of an extremist who was radicalized by far-right conspiracy theories spread online, particularly the "great replacement" theory, which falsely warns of a "genocide" in which white people are being replaced by immigrants and Muslims.

Police said the suspect refused to answer questions and investigators plan to interview neighbors for information about his stepsister and her death. Manshaus is suspected in her killing, police said, but they did not provide details.

"These hours after what happened have been chaotic, unreal, a tragedy", the lawyer, Elisabeth Hagen, told Reuters.

His eye red and one hand swollen, Rafiq, who has lived in Norway for the past two and a half years, said he was still recovering from the attack.

The al-Noor Islamic Centre recently brought in extra safety measures following the attack on two mosques in Christchurch that left 50 people dead.

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"He is exercising his right not to be interrogated", the lawyer said Monday. "He is not admitting any guilt".

The department said it was working with the Norwegian Police Security Service, Norway's national domestic security agency, since the "investigation has given us a better overall understanding of the attack" at the mosque.

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

He declined to comment on the content and source of the warning. Police have called for it to take place behind closed doors.

Oslo police specified that the man was acting alone.

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.

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

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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