Crime

Smiling Mosque shooter: Alleged Oslo gunman appears with battered face as it’s reported 21-year-old was ‘inspired by Christchurch massacre’

The man suspected of shooting at people inside a Norwegian mosque and of killing his stepsister has appeared in court with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck. 

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Lawyers for Philip Manshaus, who stayed silent in court but smiled briefly at photographers, say he does not admit to any crime.

Police are initially seeking to hold Philip Manshaus in custody for four weeks on suspicion of murder and breach of anti-terrorism law. 

The 21-year-old was arrested on Saturday after he entered the Al-Noor Islamic Center in Baerum, an Oslo suburb. 

Police said the suspect was waving weapons but did not specify what type. One person was slightly injured before people inside the mosque held the suspect until police arrived on the scene.

Police then raided the suspect’s nearby house and found the body of his 17-year-old stepsister.

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His lawyer Unni Fries this morning declined to comment on Norwegian media reports that the suspect was inspired by shootings in New Zealand, where a gunman killed 51 people in March, and on August 3 in El Paso, Texas, which left at least 22 dead.

Dagbladet, one of Norway largest newspapers, reported that on day of the attack, Manshaus wrote online he had been ‘chosen’ by ‘Saint (Brenton) Tarrant’, the Christchurch gunman.

The name of the Oslo mosque is similar to the one in the New Zealand attacks.

Prosecutors want him held on terror charges for four weeks.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the attempted attack a ‘direct attack on Norwegian Muslims.’

The suspect’s thwarted plans recall those of the Norwegian right-wing extremist who in 2011 killed 77 people in 2011. 

Anders Behring Breivik is serving a 21-year prison sentence for carrying out a terror attack.

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