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The Foreigner Norwegian Muslims in Syria worry authorities. Norway’s Police Security Service (PST) is increasingly concerned about the number of Norwegian citizens travelling abroad to fight in places like Syria. "When it comes to Syria, we believe that there are at least seven Norwegians today who engage in this type of operation, together with Al Qaeda-related groups,” Lieutenant General Kjell Grandhagen, head of Norway’s military intelligence, told NRK. General Grandhagen also said that people living in Norway have travelled to Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen.

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Norwegian Muslims in Syria worry authorities

Published on Thursday, 18th October, 2012 at 18:08 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Norway’s Police Security Service (PST) is increasingly concerned about the number of Norwegian citizens travelling abroad to fight in places like Syria.



"When it comes to Syria, we believe that there are at least seven Norwegians today who engage in this type of operation, together with Al Qaeda-related groups,” Lieutenant General Kjell Grandhagen, head of Norway’s military intelligence, told NRK.

General Grandhagen also said that people living in Norway have travelled to Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen.

Moreover, there are indications that more want to travel from Norway to Syria to join in the fighting, according to him.

“The main concern regards relates to the fact that these people will return to Norway, and we are disquieted about the training and the fighting methods experience that they have got.”

Most of the Norwegians in Syria are connected to the radical Ummah group that is in Norway, alleges Ubaydullah Hussain

Mr Hussain led those involved in last month’s protest against anti-Islam film “The Innocence of Muslims”, held outside the American embassy in Oslo.

“I don’t know the exact number, but there are about a dozen members from Ummah. They are there to protect and defend the civilians,” he said to NRK. “There are several that are on the way out, and there are many who have been motivated by these brothers who are out in the field.”

Last week, it was reported that a 21-year-old Norwegian man, a member of Hussain’s organisation NRK writes, was killed in the Aleppo area after travelling to Syria to help fight the Assad regime.

However, his family now tells tabloid daily VG he has sent them a text message confirming he is still alive.

In other concerns, information indicates that several people with extremist views have taken part in hunting courses over the last year, according to the Norwegian Association of Hunters and Anglers, multicultural outdoor organisation Wild-X, and Police Security Service sources.

Everyone with a clean record and Norwegian citizenship who passes the proficiency test is then legally permitted to buy weapons. Between 10,000 and 12,000 take the test annually.

“I can confirm that we have had participants on the hunting proficiency test course who have expressed very extreme positions. They seemed more concerned with getting weapons than being out in the woods”, Tor Bach from Wild-X said to Dagsavisen last week.

Sources have told the newspaper that the PST knows the identities people who have been enrolled on the course.

It is not confirmed whether these particular persons have links with groups surrounding Ummah and/or Ansar al-Sunna.



Published on Thursday, 18th October, 2012 at 18:08 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwayhuntingtest, syriaextremists.





  
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