According to the investigation of the police, the man suspected of a shooting at a mosque in Norway may also have killed a relative before launching the attack.
Assistant Chief of Police Rune Skjold said that a young woman was found dead at the suspect’s address.
A “young white man” had been apprehended following an armed attack at the al-Noor Islamic Centre near the country’s capital, adding that members of the congregation had overpowered the gunman and stopped the shooting, police said.
According to the police, an older man sustained light injuries in the attack but it was not clear yet if the wounds were caused by the gunshots or sustained during the attempt to restrain the gunman.
One person was shot in the attack and the suspected attacker appeared to have acted alone, according to the initial statement of the police.
“He is around 20 years old, a Norwegian citizen from the area,” Skjold said.
“The man carried two shotgun-like weapons and a pistol. He broke through a glass door and fired shots,” mosque director Irfan Mushtaq.
Mushtaq also added that the shooter wore body armour and a helmet but overpowered by members of the mosque before police arrived. At the time of the attack, only three people were present in the mosque, preparing for Sunday’s celebration of the Eid-al-Adha festival, which expected to be attended by up to 1,000 people, mosque spokesman Waheed Ahmed said.
It was reported that the mosque earlier this year implemented extra security measures since the massacre of more than 50 people happened at the two New Zealand mosques by a suspected right-wing extremist.
In 2011, anti-Muslim neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik massacred 77 people in Norway’s worst peacetime atrocity, the majority of them teenagers at a youth camp.