Norwegian named in Kenya attack

AFP-JIJI

A Norwegian citizen of Somali origin is suspected of being one of the attackers who stormed a Kenyan shopping mall last month and massacred 67 people, the BBC said.

The 23-year-old was named as Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow. The BBC said he is suspected of helping to plan and carry out the attack on the upmarket Westgate mall.

Dhuhulow was born in Somalia, but he and his family moved to Norway as refugees in 1999, according to relatives in the Norwegian town of Larvik, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of the capital Oslo.

The BBC quoted one of Dhuhulow’s former neighbors, Morten Henriksen, who said, “He was pretty extreme, didn’t like life in Norway . . . got into trouble, fights; his father was worried.”

Last week, Norway’s PST intelligence agency said it had launched a probe over the possible involvement of a Norwegian of Somali origin in both planning and carrying out the attack.