Manshaus has explained that he wanted to kill as many people as possible

Philip Manshaus.Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

Terror and murder-accused Philip Manshaus, 22, told police that he wanted to kill as many people as possible in the Al-Noor mosque in Bærum, according to VG.

According to the newspaper’s information, Manshaus has described the reason for the attack.

The prosecutor in the case, police attorney Pål-Fredrik Hjort Kraby in the Oslo police district, has not had the opportunity to comment on the information, communication adviser Silje Daugstad said.

The 22-year-old’s lawyer, Unni Fries, does not want to comment on what has been said in the interrogation.

Scare Muslims
Manshaus attacked the Al-Noor Islamic Center mosque on Skui in Bærum on Saturday 10th August. He fired shots, but no one was hit.

After a questioning about one week after the attack, police lawyer Kraby told Aftenposten that Manshaus’s explanation has strengthened the police’s theory of the motive behind the attack in the mosque.

“He has explained that it was linked to religion, a desire to intimidate Muslims in Norway,” Kraby said.

Step-sister killed
Manshaus is charged with terror, in addition to the murder of his step-sister, Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, 17, which happened before the mosque attack.

The 22-year-old has agreed to a complete judicial observation. Defence lawyer Fries has confirmed to NTB that the client will talk to the experts who are appointed. The talks will take place at Ila Prison and Detention Center, where Manshaus sits in custody.

One of the main reasons why the police want such an observation is to clarify his accountability. The psychologist who conducted his preliminary examination at the Oslo Police House on August 21st recommended that he be subjected to a complete judicial observation

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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