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65-year-old retired PAF officer stopped Norway mosque shooter

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 13, 2019 | Last Updated: 11 months ago
Posted: Aug 13, 2019 | Last Updated: 11 months ago
65-year-old retired PAF officer stopped Norway mosque shooter


A 65-year-old retired Pakistan Air Force officer named Muhammad Rafiq is being hailed as a hero after he stopped overpowered a gunman hoping to attack a mosque in Norway.

A gunman opened fire on the Al-Noor Islamic Centre, on the outskirts of the capital Oslo, on Saturday. Rafiq managed to overpower him before he could kill anyone at the mosque and suffered minor injuries.

“He put his finger in my eye,” Rafiq told the media.

The police have charged the suspect with the murder of his 17-year-old stepsister who was found dead at a separate location.

The suspect has not yet been named, but police have described him as a white Norwegian citizen of “around 20 years old”, according to BBC. He was said to be “from the area” where the mosque attack took place, in the town of Baerum.

Related: Norway mosque shooting an ‘attempted act of terror’

Rune Skjold, the acting chief of the police operation, said the suspect had been known to police before the incident but could not be described as someone with a “criminal background”. He said the man appeared to hold “far-right” and “anti-immigrant” views and had expressed sympathy for Vidkun Quisling, the leader of Norway’s collaborationist government during the Nazi occupation.

“I suddenly heard shooting from outside. He started to fire towards the two other men,” Rafiq told Reuters. He said he grabbed the attacker, held him down and wrestled the weapons from him.

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  1. Mohamed  August 13, 2019 3:01 am/ Reply

    Mohamed Rafique is from chak no 271/jb faisalabad.l wish him good luck.Pakistan is proud of him.he is my favorite friend.

  2. Muhammad Hamza  August 13, 2019 6:00 am/ Reply

    Great hero.Muhammad Rafiq

  3. Anonymous  August 13, 2019 8:31 am/ Reply

    This is the real hero..who saves lives…not the one who kills

  4. Arkhan  August 13, 2019 10:03 am/ Reply

    God save the humanity to be extinguished by their own hands.May we all learn to live in peace and harmony.amen

  5. SamiJan  August 13, 2019 10:15 am/ Reply

    A hero indeed. Proud of you uncle M Rafique

  6. Kabir afzal  August 13, 2019 10:57 am/ Reply

    Love u ..great man ..proud pakistan

  7. Syed Muhammad Ali  August 13, 2019 12:32 pm/ Reply

    Great hero

  8. Gulzar-ul-Hassan  August 13, 2019 12:43 pm/ Reply

    Lion hearted,brave and strong man..proud of Pakistan and the whole Muslim Ummah….hats off “Mohammad Rafiq”

  9. F A Khan  August 13, 2019 1:10 pm/ Reply

    Hero of the nation.

  10. Muhammad Akram  August 13, 2019 2:04 pm/ Reply

    Muhammad Rafique is a brave man who saved innocent lives.

  11. Butt  August 13, 2019 2:04 pm/ Reply

    Great Baba ge

  12. ڈاکٹر عمران نیازی بھٹ سیالکوٹ  August 13, 2019 3:34 pm/ Reply

    ماشاء اللہ.
    محمد رفیق عظیم انسان ھیں ھمارے اور امت مسلمہ کے ھیرو ھیں. د

  13. Muneeb Khan  August 13, 2019 3:53 pm/ Reply

    Proud of you rafique sahb

  14. Asim  August 13, 2019 4:01 pm/ Reply

    Good he settled in Norway and has a future.

  15. Haroon Ur Rasheed  August 13, 2019 6:14 pm/ Reply

    Alhamdullilah Pakistan ka naam aik bhar phir Roshan howa proud to be a Pakistani and thanks alot uncle Muhammad Rafique

  16. Anonymous  August 13, 2019 6:27 pm/ Reply

    Masha Allah

  17. Gul Khan  August 13, 2019 7:01 pm/ Reply

    Please don’t name this brave man Uncle jee, rather call him one of brave heroes of Pakistan.

  18. aamir Sohail  August 13, 2019 7:18 pm/ Reply

    Real Hero,, who saved many lives. Love from All over Pakistan

  19. Mohsin  August 13, 2019 7:24 pm/ Reply

    All of your actions are counted for your bravery. Man of action without dear. Great man

  20. Umer Saleem  August 13, 2019 7:27 pm/ Reply

    You are my Hero

  21. Syed Faraz Waris  August 13, 2019 9:20 pm/ Reply

    Thanks for saving innocent people, you are a true hero.

  22. Mohammad Hanif Malik  August 13, 2019 10:07 pm/ Reply

    A great brave hero and pride of our nation and PAF

  23. Farrukh Hasan Bhakkar  August 13, 2019 11:08 pm/ Reply

    I can’t understand weather M Rafique is 65 or he is 75 years of age.

  24. Mirza Muhammed rizwan baig  August 13, 2019 11:24 pm/ Reply

    Proud to be a Muslim and Pakistani uncle rafique prooved no fear from death and did his job as a Muslim may ALLAH bless him

  25. Muhammad Iqbal Khan  August 13, 2019 11:51 pm/ Reply

    Muhammad Rafique performed such a great demagogue & transcendent act which elucidated his braveness. Such people are always ascendant in the world.

  26. Muhammad Junaid  August 14, 2019 12:44 am/ Reply

    Great work…hats off…respect from bottom of the heart…may Allah bless you

  27. Saifullah Babar  August 14, 2019 2:00 am/ Reply


  28. Saifullah Babar  August 14, 2019 2:04 am/ Reply

    MashaAllah Pakistan zindabad

  29. Athar  August 14, 2019 5:53 am/ Reply

    Pakistan Zindabaad, Pakistanis zindabaad

  30. Nasir Mahmood Advocate  August 14, 2019 10:45 am/ Reply

    One of brave and Real Heros of Pakistan,, who saved many lives. Love from All over Pakistan.Most valuable gift of Youm e Aazadi for whole nation.

  31. Faiz alam khan  August 14, 2019 5:27 pm/ Reply

    This would be an event like Chiristchurch if God forbid he succeeded in his attempt. However now the non-residents and immigrants will feel insecure in these countries.
    Great job done by a Pakistani hero, an armed forces retired officer.
    Well done for saving humanity.

  32. Javed Ashraf  August 14, 2019 11:20 pm/ Reply

    A great brave hero and pride of our nation and PAF.

  33. Mian Aatzaz Hassan Siddiqui  August 14, 2019 11:22 pm/ Reply

    65 or 75 one thing that matters the most is that you are a saviour .. Pakistan’s pride .. A man from army never retires from service .. you made everyone around you feel proud .. Great man ..

  34. Tufail x PAF  August 16, 2019 2:08 pm/ Reply

    A man from Pakistan Defence Forces, Never retires from Services , He defend always , proud You Rafique sb, I Salute your braveness.

  35. SYED TAYAB ALI  August 20, 2019 1:45 pm/ Reply


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