Police in Kristiansand launched a murder investigation Sunday after the body of anti-Islamist Dan-Eivind Lid was found in his apartment on Saturday with visible injuries. Lid was an active member of the anti-Islam organization SIAN and took part in its demonstrations against the alleged “Islamization” of Norway.
Police confirmed at a press conference Sunday evening that an investigation was underway. State broadcaster NRK reported that teams from the state police unit Kripos and police intelligence agency PST had been sent to Kristiansand.
Details remained sketchy and police wouldn’t comment on Lid’s injuries or what kind of evidence had already been gathered. He did confirm that police believe Lid “was subjected to a criminal act.”
The 48-year-old Lid was last seen alive on Friday. PST was called in because of Lid’s ties to the anti-Islamist group, which has recently held several demonstrations and provoked counter-demonstrators by burning or ripping up a copy of the Koran.