Islamic Extremists Tried to Recruit in Norway

February 5, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Newsday

Wire Service: AP,0,4121998.story

Islamic terror networks tried to recruit young Muslims in Norway to launch attacks in other countries, the head of police intelligence was quoted as saying in an interview published yesterday.

"We have some worrisome reports of older, manipulative Islamic extremists here in this country trying to motivate young people to join jihad attacks abroad," Joern Holme said, according to the Oslo newspaper Aftenposten.

The government responded, saying it would speed passage of a law banning recruitment for terrorist activities. "We have presented a proposal to Parliament about a specific law that, among other things, targets attempts to recruit someone to commit acts of terrorism," Deputy Justice Minister Astri Aas-Hansen said.