Norwegian jailed in attack on imam

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A Norwegian man who was first questioned by police as a witness to an attack on the imam of Norway’s largest mosque ended up being arrested last week, charged with attempted murder himself. He has been ordered held in remand custody for at least four weeks, the first two in full isolation.

Police said that during questioning of the man last Monday, they found reason to “change his status,” from witness to suspect. They declined to reveal further details of their investigation into the attack on imam Nehmat Ali Shah of the Jamaat-e Ahl-e Sunnat mosque in Oslo’s Grønland district in June.

His arrest means that police now have two suspects in custody. They are still holding a 38-year-old Pakistani-Norwegian who’s also charged with attempted murder of the imam. The 38-year-old has a prior criminal record tied to gang violence in Oslo. staff