One man has been charged with complicity in terrorism in Oslo following the mass shooting in Oslo earlier this year. This is what the Oslo police said at a press conference about the shooting on Friday.
23 Sep 2022 10:49
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Police prosecutor Børge Enoksen says the person is in his 40s and a Norwegian citizen. He is known to the police from earlier.
The police will not disclose the name of the person in question.
As far as Aftenposten knows, it is about Arfan Bhatti. He is a leading figure for the Prophet’s Umma movement. They became known for recruiting a number of Norwegians to fight for IS in Syria.
Furthermore, Aftenposten is informed that the police believe that he is in Pakistan, and that they have asked the Pakistani police for assistance in the matter. In addition, Bhatti is now wanted via the international police cooperation Interpol.
– He is charged with complicity in terrorism, Enoksen said at today’s press conference.
– Why don’t you go out with your name and picture?
– We have a duty of confidentiality, and comply with this. What we can say is that the applicant is a Norwegian citizen, he is in his 40s and he is known to the police from the past.
Arfan Bhatti’s defender Jon Christian Elden writes in an SMS to Aftenposten:
– Unfortunately, we are not informed of any developments.
The police do not rule out that there may be more charges for complicity.
– I can confirm that PST is assisting the Oslo police district in the case, says Martin Bernsen, senior adviser at PST.
The perpetrator connected with Bhatti earlier
Zaniar Matapour shot and killed two people and injured 21 outside the two pubs Per på kørnket and London in central Oslo on 25 June. He was armed with a submachine gun and a pistol when he attacked.
He has so far refused to explain himself to the police.
Matapour has a long history of violence and threats. PST believes he belonged to an extreme Islamist milieu.
He has been linked with Arfan Bhatti. The police have known about Matapour since 2015. At the latest in May, they had a so-called concern interview with him.
The 43-year-old is charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorism. Since he ended up in custody, he has been in solitary confinement in prison.
Called it terror early on
The police’s security service (PST) already referred to the attack as an extreme Islamist terrorist act on the same day.
Matapour has a long history of violence and threats. PST believes he belonged to an extreme Islamist milieu. They have known him since 2015. At the latest in May, they had a so-called concern conversation with him.
PST’s statements made Matapour’s defenders see red. They believed that the security service distributed blame far too soon when they branded the act as terrorism.
– The hypothesis that the attack was carried out with terrorist intent has been strengthened, said police attorney Børge Enoksen at the press conference.