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The Foreigner Islamic terrorist organization recruits Norwegian Somali youths. Islamic Somali militant group Al-Shabaab is actively recruiting young Scandinavians to join its terror network. At least five Norwegian-Somalis are involved with the organization. An anonymous informant in Gothenburg that broke away from Al-Shabaab tells NRK that members of the group recruit young Somalis living in Scandinavia. “It happens in mosques, but Imams are not involved. Other, less visible people come to mosques to recruit youngsters who are vulnerable and easily-led.”

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Islamic terrorist organization recruits Norwegian Somali youths

Published on Tuesday, 21st December, 2010 at 13:46 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

Islamic Somali militant group Al-Shabaab is actively recruiting young Scandinavians to join its terror network. At least five Norwegian-Somalis are involved with the organization.



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An anonymous informant in Gothenburg that broke away from Al-Shabaab tells NRK that members of the group recruit young Somalis living in Scandinavia.

“It happens in mosques, but Imams are not involved. Other, less visible people come to mosques to recruit youngsters who are vulnerable and easily-led.”

Last Saturday’s suicide bomb attack in the heart of Stockholm put the possibility of terror firmly on the Norwegian menu, according to the Police Security Service (PST). It suspects fundraising for the organization is taking place in Norwegian territory.

Janne Kristiansen, head of the PST, has previously warned that terror organizations in Somalia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan are recruiting Norwegian youths.

Leader of the Somali Network in Norway, Bashe Musse, says he knows of specific cases where parents have travelled with their children to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab. He is concerned what might happen if they return here and meet the Norwegian values.

“It might be tough for them to accept our society, dress, freedom of speech, and such things. I do not know what they can do, but I’m afraid they might blow themselves up,” he says.

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Somali expert Stig Jarle Hansen, associate professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, is also concerned. He says his sources in Somalia tell him there are five or six Norwegian Somalis fighting for Al-Shabaab.

“I am worried that some of those who are taken down there and come back to Norway will return with a different mindset than before they left.

Bashe Musse believes second-generation Norwegian-Somalis are more vulnerable to extremist ideologies because of the language and cultural barrier. Often, their parents only speak their mother tongue.

“There is an emotional distance between parents and children, and communication is not present at all,” he says.

He believes the key to fighting any recruitment attempts by terrorist organizations is for parents to develop closer relationships to their children.

They should know who and where their children are. A lot of Somali parents know little about them.”




Published on Tuesday, 21st December, 2010 at 13:46 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: al-shabaab, somali, terrorist, organisation, recruitment, police, security, service, norwegian, youths, janne, kristiansen.





  
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