A Pakistani-Norwegian man in his 30s was arrested Monday in connection with an attack on the imam of Norway’s largest mosque earlier this month. The suspect was charged with attempted murder or contributing to an attempted murder.
Police spokesman Egil Kulseth, leader of the investigation unit into violent crimes, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the man will undergo questioning “as soon as possible.” A custody hearing was set for later this week.
The suspect is said to be “known to police,” meaning he has a police record, and he was arrested at his apartment in Oslo early Monday afternoon. Kulseth called his arrest “the result of a comprehensive investigation” into the attack on the imam, Mehmat Ali Shah. The imam was stabbed repeatedly outside his home on Motzfeldts Gate late on the night on June 16, after leading evening prayers at the mosque.
The imam’s injuries were initially described as life-threatening, but he was released from hospital the day after he underwent surgery. The attack has sparked fear among those attending the Jamaat-e Ahl-e Sunnat mosque in Oslo’s Grønland district.
Two other suspects, a man and his son who’d earlier been in conflict with the mosque, were charged in the case two weeks ago but were not arrested.