NOTE: In keeping with Porter Medium’s long-standing policy of not giving notoriety to terrorists, killers, etc, we will not be showing the face of the Oslo suspect. We will, however, be using his name.
NORWAY (PM) — A man accused of an attempted terrorist attack on a mosque in the Norwegian capital of Oslo has made his first appearance in court.
Philip Manshaus, who is also presumed of killing his teenage stepsister, did not talk during the initial court hearing, with his defense lawyer Unni Fries stating he “will use his right not to explain himself for now”.
Manshaus, 21, had dark bruises around his eyes and scratches on his face and neck.
He was detained on Saturday after entering a mosque in the suburb of Baerum, where three men were planning for Sunday’s Eid al-Adha celebrations, police stated.
According to authorities, Manshaus was swinging weapons around and several shots were discharged – but they did not verify what type of weapon was utilized.
On Sunday, police established they were treating the attack as a terrorist incident.
Manshaus has declared himself not guilty to claims he carried out the assault, according to his lawyer.
His lawyer refused to talk on reports her client was “inspired” by the Christchurch mosque attacks in March which killed 50 people.
Dagbladet, one the country’s largest newspapers, published on the day of the attack that Manshaus wrote online that he had been “chosen” by Brenton Tarrant – the man accused of the attacks in New Zealand.
The name of the Oslo mosque – the al Noor Islamic Centre – is alike to one of the venues attacked in Christchurch in March – the Al Noor mosque.
The District Court ruled that the suspect can be detained for four weeks, whilst the investigation proceeds.