Listen: Norway, Julia Mcfarland And Mohammad Rafique discussed on Start Here
"Again. incident didn't outside oslo. Norway left. One person wounded investigators are looking at it as an attempted act of terror. A._b._c.'s julia mcfarland is covering it from our foreign desk. Hi hi julia. Hey scott has gang. We're hearing this gunman might have been inspired by the man who killed fifty. One people mosques in new zealand and by the suspect here in the u._s. Asu killed twenty one last week in el paso. What can you tell us now. This is incredibly concerning. If these reports turned out to be true now what has happened is that that while the police in norway have not confirmed the suspect's identity local media on tip-offs they have named the suspect and they have found a online posts that this man shed online a few hours before the attack took place on this mosque on the al noor islamic glamoch center on the suburbs of oslo and in this post he describes that his time is up that he has been inspired by the attacker behind the new zealand mosque shootings back in march man claiming responsibility and not charged with murder is an extreme right-wing white supremacists who brule cassie attack act live saying was aimed at immigrants he also mentions and praises the el paso gunman. He admitted he was targeting. Mexicans according to an arrest sworn affidavit obtained by a._b._c. news so if these reports are not to be chewed. This is a worrying demonstration on just the scope and the scale of the rising far-right extremists threat all the way from new zealand to the u._s. To europe this alleged gunman in norway also as a suspect police say in the murder of his was younger step sister but at the mosque julia according to the initial reports. Only one person was wounded that makes this attack significantly different. What happened at the mosque ask now. This is a really positive story coming out of this attack. Mohammad rafique was a member of the congregation he was in his seventies and he was describing to reporters of the moment where when the gunmen broke into the mosque he ran towards him he thought inviting onto other people and then he jumped on him and he managed to overpower him and to shake the pistol from his hand. Police say that there is no doubt doubt that his swift and firm response saved lives that he stopped the aggressors and prevented further casualties that mine is now being hailed as a hero you said pistol told julia and those other incidents the suspects were using assault style rifles is that one reason authorities in norway think the casualty numbers were lower possibly possibly scott of course gun. Restrictions are far tighter over in europe than in the u._s. The witnesses at the most described the guns is it. He was wielding as handguns also that he was wearing body armor. Which tells you that he had thought about what he was going to do. It was premeditated and he had prepared for this attack. Julia how much authorities in norway and for that matter around the world worried about copycats like law enforcement officers here in the states are concerned that someone with extremist views and access to firearms is going to be inspired by other hate-fuelled mass murderers right exactly so so it is a rising concerning threat on sunday. The prime minister of norway spoke of very strongly about the need to recognize this threat. You have a special"