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The PST intelligence agency said at least 30 to 40 people have left Norway to fight in Syria, including two teenaged girls from a Somali-Norwegian family. Norway is bolstering security at its onshore gas facilities in the wake of this year's deadly In Amenas attack and the Utoya massacre in 2011.
Arslan Ubaydullah Maroof Hussain, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Islamist group Prophet Ummah, is being tried on charges of threatening a Norwegian journalist, members of Norway's Jewish community, and an expert witness in the trial of Ansar al Islam founder Mullah Krekar. Hussain was arrested in October 2012 but freed in November 2012.
A knife-wielding 31-year-old man from South Sudan hijacked a bus near the western city of Ardal, killing the driver as well as another man and a woman. Deployment of an antiterrorism unit was called off after the suspect was arrested.
The father of two Norwegian-Somali girls who had gone to Syria for jihad said they are being held in Syria against their will. He also said Free Syrian Army rebels have offered to help find them.
Norway rejected the US request to destroy Syrian chemical weapons on Norwegian soil, saying it lacked equipment and could not dispose of the residue in Norway. Foreign Minister Brende offered Norwegian assistance in other areas, including helping with funding, personnel, and inspectors to support the OPCW's work.
The head of the PST said the agency tried over three years ago to dissuade Westgate Mall terror suspect Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow from becoming a jihadist. The PST estimates that 30-40 people have traveled from Norway to fight in Syria but says the actual number may be higher. The father of two teenage Norwegian girls who recently left for Syria said the elder girl called from the Turkish border town of Hatay and said she is willing to die as a jihadist in Syria.
Authorities are looking for two Norwegian girls of Somali origin, aged 16 and 19, who are believed to have traveled to Syria to join jihadists there. The older girl is said to have become recently radicalized. The Norwegian PST estimates that some 30 to 40 Norwegians have traveled to Syria to fight; a regional security source said increasingly organized Islamic recruiting networks are bringing many Western fighters into Syria.
Police are investigating Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, 23, a Norwegian citizen born in Somalia, for possible links to the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi. A person with the same name was acquitted in March of murdering a Somali journalist in Mogadishu. Dhuhulow is thought to be one of four men seen on CCTV video of the Westgate siege. Norwegian authorities had been watching Dhuhulow since he finished high school; he has contacts with a Norwegian Islamist group, Profetens Ummah. Authorities estimate that some 20 to 30 of the 23,000 Somalis living in Norway have gone to join Shabaab.
A 23-year-old Norwegian citizen of Somali origin who is a suspect in the Westgate Mall attack in Kenya reportedly made several calls to Norway while participating in the attack. He is said to have become radicalized after moving to Norway in 1999. The as yet unnamed suspect was under surveillance prior to the attack, and allegedly has ties to prominent Islamists in Norway.