Norwegian citizen possibly involved in the terrorist attack in Kenya

Based on information indicating that a Norwegian citizen allegedly was involved in the terrorist attack against a shopping centre in Kenya about three weeks ago, The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) has decided to initiate an investigation.

The terrorist organization al-Shabaab has assumed responsibility for the attack against the shopping centre Westgate in Nairobi on 21 September 2013. When the situation had been clarified, PST received information indicating that a Norwegian citizen of Somali origin allegedly was involved in the planning and execution of the attack. On this basis PST decided to initiate an investigation.

The main purpose of the investigation is to contribute to preventing possible new terrorist actions and to investigate whether, and to which extent, the named Norwegian was involved in the attack. The investigation will also seek to uncover this person’s possible link to al-Shabaab and to assist the Kenyan authorities in their on-going investigation. Investigators from PST have travelled to Nairobi to ensure the best possible cooperation with Kenyan police and security authorities.

PST makes running assessments of the threat situation and possible threats that may be aimed at Norway and Norwegian interests. For the time being we believe that the terrorist threat against Norway remains unchanged, but the situation may rapidly change. We have lately seen an increase in the number of persons leaving Norway to take part in acts of war, attend training camps or join terrorist networks abroad. We are concerned that this development may have an increasingly negative impact on the threat situation in Norway.