Oslo police were able to question the imam of Norway’s largest mosque at his home Tuesday evening, after he survived a stabbing attack the night before. Police have also received tips as to who may be behind the attack on the imam, which has spread fear in Oslo’s muslim community.
Police aren’t ruling out that the attack on imam Nehmat Ali Shah was a hate crime, but they’re examining several possible motives. “We’re working now to investigate people, events, videos and other tips that have come in,” police spokeswoman Grete Lien Metlid told state broadcasting NRK. “Police are aware there were some conflicts (at the mosque) a while back, and we’re investigating that, too, but that may have nothing to do with the attack.”
The imam, age 57, was questioned at his home after he’d been released from Ullevål University Hosptial. He underwent surgery following the attack that occurred after he’d walked home from conducting evening prayers on Monday. His attacker was masked and stabbed the imam repeatedly.
The attacked shocked the religious community in Norway, but the imam’s son told NRK his father was doing well under the circumstances. “We’re in safe surroundings, there are friends and acquaintances and family members looking after us and in addition we have the police around us,” Jawaid Haider, the imam’s son, told NRK. “My father is resting and is okay, apart from being exhausted.”