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WCC general secretary denounces violence against mosque in Norway

WCC general secretary denounces violence against mosque in Norway

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

11 August 2019

After a man shot and injured at least one person in a mosque in Oslo, Norway, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit denounced the attack and urged all people of good will to come together with love and prayer, whether in their own communities or across the world.

“We received this terrible news with dismay and with a strengthened resolve to continue interreligious support and dialogue in the best ways we know how,” said Tveit. “Nobody should have to pray in fear of attacks such as this. Let us stand together - even in our frustration, sorrow, and anger - because ultimately we stand with love for one another.”

The attack occurred at the Al-Noor Islamic centre in Baerum, around 20km from Oslo. Police said the gunman was a “young, white man” who appeared to have acted alone.

The incident took place the day before the celebration of the holiest Islamic holiday, Eid-al-Adha or “Feast of the Sacrifice.”