Norway mosque attack is act of terrorism-Police
London, August 12, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A shooting at a mosque in Norway is now being investigated as a possible act of terrorism after it was discovered that the attacker was inspired by the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand and two recent mass shooting in the US, , police say.
Philip Manshaus, 21, stormed a mosque in Baerum, a town near Oslo in Norway on Saturday. He was restrained by worshipers and no one was killed. Police in Norway have now confirmed the attack will be investigated as a possible act of terrorism
In a post on the day of the shooting, Manhaus allegedly described himself as “chosen” by “Saint [Brenton] Tarrant”, the gunman who killed 51 people at mosques in New Zealand earlier this year.
“My time is up, I was chosen by Saint Tarrant after all … We can’t let this continue, you gotta bump the race war threat in real life … it’s been fun,” one post obtained by The Guardian read.
Manhaus also allegedly praised Tarrant and two other suspected shooters in a meme.
Tarrant is described as having “addressed the Muslim problem”. Patrick Crusius, who has been charged with last week’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, which left 22 dead, is praised for “fighting to reclaim his country”
The meme also praised the attacker suspected of killing a woman at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California in April.
Police have described Philip Manshaus, the suspect as a white Norwegian citizen of “around 21 years old”.
He was said to be “from the area” where the mosque attack took place, in the town of Baerum.
Rune Skjold, the acting chief of the police operation, said the suspect had been known to police before the incident but could not be described as someone with a “criminal background”.
Mr Skjold said the man appeared to hold “far-right” and “anti-immigrant” views and had expressed sympathy for Vidkun Quisling, the leader of Norway’s collaborationist government during the Nazi occupation