Police say they’ve received extremely few tips following the murder of a 52-year-old man in Oslo’s Manglerud district over the weekend, and once again are asking the public to come forward with any information they may have. A leading member of an Oslo gang is reportedly under suspicion, after having been in a conflict with a member of the victim’s family.
The murder victim, now identified as Mohammad Arshad, was a popular café owner and respected member of the Pakistani-Norwegian community in Oslo. He was on his way home from work Friday night when he apparently was attacked and severely beaten. He died of massive head wounds at Ullevål University Hospital after being found sprawled on a street in his residential neighbourhood, Otto Sogns vei.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday that the gang member apparently felt humiliated after a minor conflict with a member of Arshad’s family at a public place in the Tøyen district. The gang member has a record of convictions for robbery, making threats, receiving stolen property and illegal possession of weapons.
Several thousand mourners took part in Arshad’s funeral at the Central Jamaat-e Ahl- Sunnat mosque in Oslo’s Grønland district on Wednesday. NRK reported that Imam Syed Nemat Ali Shah, who conducted the service, stressed that violence and murder are the “greatest violations” within Islam, and never a solution to conflict.