A few days after a terrorist attack in New Zealand, where at least 50 people were killed in a mosque shooting in Christchurch, Muslims in Norway’s northernmost Finnmark County were met by extremist slogans and messages.
Stickers calling for “revolution” against Islam have appeared on the local mosque in the town Alta. The police have been informed of similar incidents throughout Finnmark, national broadcaster NRK reported.
Incendiary stickers appeared in several public places, such as schools and mosques in Alta and Sør-Varanger.
The leader of the Alta mosque voiced his concern over the incident and its possible repercussions.
“It was nothing nice”, Ismail Omar told NRK. “We don’t know what these people want. And we are a big bunch when gathered for the Friday prayer. Of course, we are afraid that something may happen”, Omar said.
The police in Finnmark said that the “right-wing extremist” stickers were being investigated as a hate crime.
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Law enforcement earlier stepped up security efforts at mosques across the entire country after the Christchurch terror attack. According to Kjell Andreas Bjerke, the police contact for radicalisation, efforts to weed out violent extremism are in place.
Ismail Omar suggested that the culprits acted alone and there is no larger group plotting to hurt Muslims. He also praised the police…