Anti-Islam Group Member Allegedly Murdered in Norway Apartment

A member of a far-right group in Norway has been found dead in an apartment in suspicious circumstances.

The body of Dan-Eivind Lid, a prominent member of the Stop Islamisation of Norway (Sian) group was discovered at an address in Kristiansand on Saturday.

Police said they have launched a murder investigation, but inquiries are still in their early stages.

"The police are in a preliminary phase of the investigation. This means that the police work extensively," police attorney in the Agder police district, Henrik Bjugan Hegdahl told NRK.

"We work on the basis of several hypotheses. One of the hypotheses is that the person is the victim of a serious criminal act."

It is unclear what sort of injuries Lid may have suffered or what evidence from the scene suggests the victim may have been killed.

Police did not formally identify the body found in the apartment, but Lid's death was confirmed by Sian leader Lars Thorsen on Facebook.

"It is with great sadness that we confirm that Dan-Eivind Lid has been torn from us," Thorsen wrote.

"We will be back with more information later. Our thoughts and compassion now go to the family during this time."

Speaking to Document, Thorsen said that Lid's body had been discovered by a neighbor after hearing a "commotion" in the apartment.

"There is no reason why he should be exposed to anything criminal," Thorsen said.

"He was a genuinely friendly and kind person. He was a reserve caretaker, he was responsible for planting trees and preparing outdoor areas."

Former leader of Sian, Arne Tumyr, told NRK that Lid was one of the anti-Islamic group's "most active members" in their Sian Agder department.

"He meant a lot to Sian in the practical organizational work. He was always ready to make an effort...He will be missed."

Police said it is too early to speculate whether Lid's death is connected to his far-right views.

Last month, Sian supporters tore out pages from a copy of the Quran during a demonstration in Norway's capital of Oslo.

One woman seen tearing out pages from the holy book was kicked by a counter-protester at the rally, reports the Daily Sabah.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg condemned the group while also defending freedom of speech in the country following the unrest at the demonstration.

Solberg said she was "very worried that freedom of speech, which we strongly defend in Norway, may be experienced differently in other countries, or that it may be perceived that we do not care about the views that Sian has, because we do."

"I strongly dissociate myself from everything they [Sian] stand for," she told news agency NTB. "I think it's hurtful to hear how they talk about people living in this country, talk about the faith of people living in this country."

Policemen contain counter-protesters and protesters during a demonstration of the SIAN (Stop the Islamisation of Norway) in the city centre of Oslo, Norway, on August 29, 2020. A member of the far-right group has been found dead in an apartment in suspicious circumstances. JIL YNGLAND/NTB Scanpix/AFP/Getty