Mosque shooting in Norway treated as attempted terrorist attack

"There has been a shooting episode inside the mosque" Oslo police reported

After firing shots, the gunman was overpowered by two men inside the building before police arrived at the scene.

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. The man suffered minor injuries, police said at a press conference.

He later told broadcaster TV2 that the man had carried multiple weapons.

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 said the woman was related to the suspect, but did not specify how.

The al-Noor Islamic Centre earlier this year implemented extra security measures following the massacre of more than 50 people at two New Zealand mosques by a self-described white supremacist.

The head of the mosque said only three people had been inside at the time of the attack.

The mosque's director told local media that the victim was a 75-year-old member of the congregation. As the gunman targeted Muslims in the mosque, a 65-year-old man named Mohammed Rafiq managed to overpower the shooter.

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They said they had no information about the suspect, other than he was described as "white".

A judge is expected to rule later in the day on a police request to formally detain him, the Oslo District Court said.

"The fact that the aggressor entered a mosque armed and from the investigation so far has been found to have expressed hostile attitudes against immigrants has led the police to investigate this attack as an attempted act of terrorism", the police department said in a statement.

"Nothing indicates that there have been more people involved".

The post seemingly praised the New Zealand attacker and ended with the words "Valhall [a] awaits".

Local Norwegian paper Budstikka said it had contacted the mosque in Baerum in March after the Christchurch massacre and that officials there had said security would be tightened. "And based on the views he's expressed online, it means we can safely say we are investigating an attempted act of terrorism".

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