Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg paid tribute to two young Muslims on Friday who were killed in last week’s deadly shooting at a youth camp.
Later, the Prime Minister, along with an imam and a bishop, attended a ceremony in Oslo’s main mosque to mark the moment when a car bomb was detonated in the city center.
Officials of the Islamic Council of Norway said it was important to show solidarity.
[Mehtab Afsar, Secretary-General, Islamic Council of Norway]:
“We are showing that it doesn’t matter which religious, cultural or ethnical background you have, you are all human beings and we feel it is our obligation to show sympathy with those who were killed and their families.”
Widely considered an open society, Islam rates as the second most popular religion in the country.
The bombing and shooting suspect, anti-Islamic extremist Anders Behring Breivik, is being held in connection with the deaths of 77 people.