Oslo: Attack on Mullah Krekar

Oslo: Attack on Mullah Krekar

The Norwegian police are treating this as attempted murder, though they don't know if the motive was murder.  The shots were fired from the entrance porch outside the 5th floor apartment.  Somebody also tried to break into the apartment just before the shots were fired.  A few minutes before the shooting, police recieved notice of a burning BMW a few hundred meters away.  They do not rule out that the two incidents are linked. (NO)


Unidentified attackers fired shots overnight at the Oslo apartment of Mullah Krekar, the founder of radical Iraqi Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, Norwegian police said on Monday.

One person, Krekar's son in law, a 27 year old British national, was injured in the attack when a bullet hit him in the hand.

"The person in question was hospitalised but he does not appear to be seriously wounded," police said in a statement.

Krekar, 53, has lived in Norway for nearly 20 years. He and four other people were in the fourth floor apartment when the attack occurred.

Investigators said they had no leads.

"Police have opened an inquiry [...] but no arrests have been made yet," the statement said.

"Two people were seen leaving the scene after the shooting but it is too early to say whether they are linked to the incident," it said.

Police were alerted to the attack at 01:54 am (0054 GMT), which took place in a working-class neighbourhood of eastern Oslo where Krekar has lived with his family since 1991.

"The whole family is shaken," Krekar's lawyer Brynjar Meling told television news station TV2 Nyhetskanalen.

"In the past, there were threats from nationalist circles that could be related to his activities in northern Iraq," he said.


Source: RNW (English)

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