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Young Somali-Norwegians joining terrorist groups in Somalia and Syria.

Europe Security News.- Marie Benedicte Bjoernland, head of the PST, Norwegian Domestic Intelligence Service. Photo Credit AP.

Europe Security News.- Marie Benedicte Bjoernland, head of the PST, Norwegian Domestic Intelligence Service. Photo Credit AP.

Somali immigrants in Norway fear that violent extremism is taking root in the community after reports of young Somali-Norwegians traveling abroad to join jihadist groups.

One of the gunmen in the Nairobi, Kenya, mall attack that killed 67 people last month has been identified as Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, a 23-year-old Norwegian citizen who returned to his native Somalia in 2010.

Norway’s Somali community was still coming to terms with that news when it was struck by another startling development: Two teenage sisters — 16 and 19 — had left their family in Norway to join the civil war in Syria.

“It is very shocking,” said Mohamed Husein Gaas, a Somali-born East Africa expert at the Fafo research foundation in Oslo. “No one thought two young girls would travel to a place where they don’t have any connection.” read more here