A shooting at a Norwegian mosque on Saturday will be investigated as a possible act of terrorism, police said on Sunday.
"We're investigating this as an attempt at carrying out an act of terrorism," assistant chief of police Rune Skjold told a news conference.
Skjold said investigation had shown that the man appeared to hold "far-right" and "anti-immigrant" views.
Police vehicles near the al-Noor islamic center mosque where a gunman, armed with multiple weapons, went on a shooting spree in the town of Baerum on August 10, 2019./ VCG photo
The gun shooting took place on Saturday in Al-Noor Islamic Center in Baerum, a municipality just west of Oslo, Norway, causing two wounded including the attacker.
The shooter, who wore body armor and a helmet, was overpowered by members of the mosque before the police arrived.
A dead person was found after the Mosque shooting outside Oslo on Saturday, and it was being investigated in relation to the shooting incident, police said late Saturday.
A Norwegian police officer looks on as people gather before morning prayer in Thon Oslofjord hotel in Sandvika, Norway on August 11, 2019./VCG photo
The Norwegian perpetrator in his 20s resides in the vicinity of the mosque and was known to police before, Norwegian police said in a press release on Saturday.
According to broadcaster TV2, he has praised online Australian shooter Brenton Harrison Tarrant that killed 49 Muslims in the New Zealand massacre in March this year.
Norwegian police are now working to assess the security situation since Eid al-Adha, the second significant religious festival of Islam, will start on Sunday.
(with inputs from agencies)
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