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Authorities are investigating claims by Shabaab that the suicide bomber in an attack in Bulo Barde yesterday was a 60-year-old Norwegian national of Somali origin, Abdullahi Ahmed Abdulle. In its latest threat assessment the PST warned that activities of radical Islamists in the Oslofjord area, including radicalization, recruitment, and fundraising, are raising security risks. Officials said over 50 people with "eastern" ties have traveled from Norway to Syria to fight with rebels, and some 40-50 Norwegian nationals in Syria present a terrorist threat to Norway and its interests. In February a Pakistani man from Oslo returned after fighting for two al Qaeda-linked groups in Syria.
The head of Norwegian intelligence expressed concern about the growing threat posed by Norwegian jihadists in Syria. At least 40 or 50 Norwegians, including about a dozen women, are known to have traveled to Syria to fight; they have most often joined extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The intelligence agency's annual threat report also estimated that some 2,000 Europeans have gone to Syria to fight with the rebels.
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.