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'We are keeping all options open,' Oslo police say regarding Imam attack. UPDATED: Press spokesperson Grete Lien Metlid tells The Foreigner they neither know the motive for his attempted murder nor the exact details for the time being. The religious leader has now been discharged from hospital. "We're treating the case as attempted murder because of what occurred," she says. "The identity of the person behind the attack is still unknown. At the same time, part of our investigations concern whether it was connected to his occupation." Imam Nehmat Ali Shah sustained life-threatening injuries in Monday night's stabbing. He was on his way home after leading prayers when it happened.

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'We are keeping all options open,' Oslo police say regarding Imam attack

Published on Tuesday, 17th June, 2014 at 07:33 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 30th June 2014 at 16:28.

UPDATED: Press spokesperson Grete Lien Metlid tells The Foreigner they neither know the motive for his attempted murder nor the exact details for the time being. The religious leader has now been discharged from hospital.

The Central Jamaat Ahle-Sunnat Mosque
Imam Nehmat Ali Shah is the religious leader of this mosque located in Urtegata.The Central Jamaat Ahle-Sunnat Mosque
Photo: Bjoertvedt/Wikimedia Commons


"We're treating the case as attempted murder because of what occurred," she says. "The identity of the person behind the attack is still unknown. At the same time, part of our investigations concern whether it was connected to his occupation."

Imam Nehmat Ali Shah sustained life-threatening injuries in Monday night's stabbing. He was on his way home after leading prayers when it happened.

The religious leader of Norway’s largest mosque, the Central Jamaat Ahle-Sunnat, was admitted to Oslo University Hospital’s Ullevål facility and underwent surgery.

“His situation is now reportedly stable,” Oslo Police District operations leader Rune Ullsand said to NRK earlier.

The Imam 's son, Jawad Haider, stated his father "was stabbed in the left arm, under his right hand, in both thighs, and right below the eye."

Mr Haider added that none of the cuts were deep, though, and his father was in good spirits.

Police were told of the attack in Motzfeldts gate in Oslo’s eastern borough of Grønland at 23:16.

They are looking for a masked man and were being assisted by a helicopter and police dogs.

“He was wearing black jogging trousers with a white stripe, a green and black-coloured jacket, and grey shoes with white soles,” Officer Ullsand informed Dagbladet.  

“We’ve secured video footage and have interviewed several witnesses,” he told NRK.

According to Chairperson of the Board Ghulam Sarwar, the Imam was attacked from behind with a small axe. Other reports say it was with a knife, but police are not releasing further details for the time being.

Why are you not being more specific?

"Investigations are still at an early stage, but it was a sharp object," Grete Lien Metlid tells The Foreigner. Police hope to interview the religious leader today.

Monday also saw another victim found dead in a parking facility in the same area in Oslo. The person has not been named as yet.

"We believe the assailant attacked this person in the same period of time as the incident involving the Imam", says Ms Metlid, "but we're not drawing any connection between both cases."




Published on Tuesday, 17th June, 2014 at 07:33 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 30th June 2014 at 16:28.

This post has the following tags: attack, oslo, imam, mosque, norway.





  
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