One person was injured in a shooting on Saturday in a mosque in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, and a suspect was arrested, the Norwegian police said.
“One person who was not yet aware of the seriousness of his injury was injured. A suspect was arrested,” the Norwegian police said in a tweet, adding that its elements deployed in the site surrounding the mosque.
“A white man wearing a helmet and uniform shot a member of our community,” the mosque’s imam, Irfan Mushtaq, told the local newspaper Podistica.
The mosque’s imam told the TV channel “2” that the man was carrying several weapons, where the shooting took place in Al-Nour mosque in the town of Baerum, a suburb of Oslo.
“A man who appears to be a Norwegian entered the mosque with a rifle and pistols,” the mosque’s imam added, “He started shooting at those around him”.
One of the worshipers was able to overcome the shooter and was then held by the worshipers before being arrested by the Norwegian police.
The Norwegian Police said there was no indication that more people were involved in the shooting, saying only that the detainee was “white”.
The Norwegian police said on Sunday that the shooting at a mosque on Saturday, would be investigated as a “possible terrorist act”.
“We are investigating this as an attempt to carry out a terrorist act,” Assistant Police Chief, Ron Schoold told Reuters.
The lawyer for the suspect told Reuters on Monday that her client also refuses to plead guilty to the murder of his sister, which occurred on the same day he attacked the mosque in the Islamic center of the Norwegian capital.
She asserted that her client was not talking to the interrogators, saying: “He is exercising his right not to be questioned”.
A court is expected to issue a decision later today on the police’s request to detain the 21-year-old suspect for several weeks.