Incident Summary:

08/10/2019: An assailant in a helmet and body armor opened fire at a mosque in Baerum, Akershus, Norway. One member of the congregation was injured while overpowering the assailant. This was one of two attacks by this assailant in Baerum that day. Philip Manshaus, an unaffiliated individual, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated "My time is up, I was chosen by Saint Tarrant after all ... We can't let this continue, you gotta bump the race war threat in real life ... it's been fun." Sources also noted that Manshaus had posted anti-immigrant statements online.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Ringeriksveien area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity al-Noor Islamic Center
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Norway
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
A pistol and two "shotgun-like" firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Norway Police Investigate Mosque Attack as Attempted ‘Act of Terrorism’," The New York Times, August 11, 2019.
"After Attack on Norway Mosque, Body Found at Home Tied to Assailant," The New York Times, August 10, 2019.
"Shooting at Norway mosque investigated as 'possible act of terrorism'," CNBC, August 11, 2019.