Worshipper, 65, takes down heavily armed mosque gunman before he can kill anyone

Worshipper, 65, takes down heavily armed mosque gunman before he can kill anyone

A 65-year-old man who tackled a gunman who stormed a mosque in Norway is being hailed as a hero.

Witnesses said Mohamed Rafiq restrained the terror suspect and held him down with another worshipper before police arrived, despite being injured in the struggle.

Mr Rafiq was among three people at the al-Noor Islamic Centre in Baerum on Saturday, when a man burst in with “two shotgun-like weapons and a pistol”.

The attacker, who was reportedly wearing a uniform and body armour, broke through a glass door to reach the place of worship, where people were preparing to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.

Speaking to press outside a nearby hotel on Sunday, Mr Rafiq said: “I’m thankful for all of the help and support I have received.”

He told how he held the gunman down while another worshipper, Mohamed Iqbal, hit him on the head. 

Irfan Mushtaq, board member of the mosque, said that minutes before the shooting on Sunday afternoon around 15 people had been inside the building.

The suspect has been named as Philip Manshaus, a 21-year-old local man.

Police are investigating the shooting as a potential terror attack, and have arrested a local white man in his 20s on suspicion of attempted murder.

The same man is also accused of killing his 17-year-old stepsister, whose body was found at her home.Norway mosque shooting: Worshipper disarms gunman as he begun to fire

 

Philip Manshaus, charged with murder and attempted act of terror, appears in court for his detention hearing. The 21-year-old Norwegian man is also alleged to have killed his teenage stepsister before targeting the Al-Noor Islamic Centre in the Oslo suburb of Baerum.

The attacker, who was reportedly wearing a uniform and body armour, broke through a glass door to reach the place of worship, where people were preparing to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.

Worshipper, Mohammad Rafiq (right), 65, tackled the gunman who stormed the mosque. Witnesses said Mr Rafiq restrained the terror suspect and held him down with another worshipper before police arrived, despite being injured in the struggle. Speaking to press outside a nearby hotel on Sunday, he said: “I’m thankful for all of the help and support I have received.” He told how he held the gunman down while another worshipper, Mohamed Iqbal, hit him on the head.

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