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Norway’s mosque shooting is a terror attack, according to Oslo police

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On Saturday, a gunman opened fire on a mosque in the suburbs of Oslo, Norway, before he was arrested. Quoted by AFP, the head of the mosque Ifran Mushtaq told Norwegian media that the assailant, who «looks Norwegian», carried several guns with him, including a shotgun and pistols. «He started shooting around him» he added.

According to Norwegian government-owned channel NRK, the police found several weapons in the mosque. A person who happened to be around when the assailant got in, managed to control him before the police arrived.

Accoridng to the Oslo police, the attack targeted the al-Nour Islamic Center in Baerum. On Sunday, authorities in the city described the attack as a terrorist one.

Quoting the acting chief of the police operation Rune Skjold, BBC reported that the terrorist, a Norwegian, «had been known to police before the incident but could not be described as someone with a ‘criminal background’». However, Skjold explained that the man holds «far-right and anti-immigrant views» and «expressed sympathy for Vidkun Quisling, the leader of Norway’s collaborationist government during the Nazi occupation».

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