Al-Qaeda has trained a Norwegian in his 30’s that may be ready to attack a target in the west, reports indicate.
Three anonymous security officials told the Associated Press (AP) the Norwegian man received his training in Yemen.
One of these sources said that the man, considered ‘operative’, converted to Islam in 2008 and has since become radicalised. They believe he has been in Yemen for several months and is still there.
The man has no immigrant background and does not have a criminal record, something that is ideal for al-Qaeda.
“Not even a parking ticket. He's completely clean and he can travel anywhere,” the official stated.
Norway Police Security Service (PST) spokesperson Trond Hugubakken has declined to comment the information.
He referred to the organisation’s February Threat Assessment Report, which reads, “Persons in the extreme Islamist networks are involved in activities of a more operational nature than before.”
“Many of these people travel to conflict areas to receive training, combat experience and meet international contacts. These types of stays may affect the individual's desire and ability to plan acts of terrorism in this country.”