Norway mosque terror attack suspect in court

Mohammad Rafiq is an air force veteran Police say the attack is being investigated as a

Mohammad Rafiq is an air force veteran Police say the attack is being investigated as a"possible act of terrorism

Skjold said the alleged gunman was prepared to cause deaths and more injuries at the Al-Noor Islamic Center and didn't succeed because of the "great courage" of people inside the mosque. Muslim organization Islamic Council Norway said there was "a long-lasting hate of Muslims that has been allowed to spread" which the Norwegian authorities had not taken seriously, and that the attack was a effect.

The prosecution has asked for Manshaus to be held four weeks in pre-trial detention, mostly in isolation, while also requesting for media and visitor bans, CNN reported.

Shortly before the mosque attack, a person identifying himself as Philip Manshaus had posted a message on the EndChan forum calling for a "race war" to be taken from the internet into real life ("irl").

Police said he was waving weapons and several shots were fired but did not specify what type of weapon was used.

Sjoevold told a news conference that the agency and the police receive many tips from anxious people every day and the information "didn't go in the direction of an imminent terror planning".

Police are investigating the incident as a potential terror attack and have arrested Manshaus on suspicion of attempted murder. According to local media, she was of Chinese origin and had been adopted by the companion of Manshaus's father.

"These hours after what happened have been chaotic, unreal, a tragedy", the lawyer, Elisabeth Hagen, told Reuters.

One of the board members of the mosque, Irfan Mushtaq, confirmed that there were 15 people inside the building just minutes before the terrorist burst in.

Hagen declined to comment on any possible motive for the killing. "He is not admitting any guilt".

She said though it appears to have only been conducted by one person, his beliefs are harbored by others in the country.

The department said it was working with the Norwegian Police Security Service, Norway's national domestic security agency, since the "investigation has given us a better overall understanding of the attack" at the mosque.

"There was nothing in that tip-off that suggested there was danger of an act of terrorism or that planning of an attack was underway", PST head Hans Sverre Sjoevold said at a news conference.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said police had ramped up security on Sunday as thousands of Muslims gathered at mosques for the Eid celebration.

"We are trying to combat this, but it's a challenge".

In 2011, Anders Behring Breivik massacred 77 people in Norway's worst peacetime atrocity, the majority of them teenagers at a youth camp.

Manshaus is formally suspected of murdering his 17-year-old stepsister, and of a "terrorist act" at the Al-Noor mosque on Saturday, allegations he has rejected.