Controversial Muslim leader Mulla Krekar was attacked this week. Shots rang through a window to Krekar’s appartment in Oslo, injuring his son-in-law in the arm.
Mulla Krekar, or Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, is an Iraqi Kurd and has been living in Norway since 1991. He has not been granted Norwegian citizenship. Krekar is known as one of the founders and the original leader of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam. Since 2006 he has been on the UN terror list.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is suspected to be behind the attack. But some also speculate about Islamophobic forces in Norway as possible perpetrators. The Norwegian Secret Police (PST) were criticized for not being able to protect Krekar.
An Iraqi Kurd convicted on a terrorism charge after his arrest in 2003 has been released early on parole after assisting police in other terrorism cases, a German judge said Tuesday. The man has been named only as Lokman M, aged 33, and is reported to be the first member of a foreign terrorist organization to be convicted in Germany. Arrested in December 2003, he was sentenced to seven years in January 2006 by a Munich court for membership of the Ansar Al Islam group, which is based in northern Iraq along the border with Iran. Lokman M was convicted under a law that was passed in August 2002, following the September 11 attacks the previous year.
A German court on Monday sentenced an Iraqi man to 5 1/2 years in prison for supporting an extremist group believed to have been behind attacks in his homeland. The Munich state court found that Ferhad Kanabi Ahmad, a 36-year-old Iraqi Kurd, gave the equivalent of $8,935 to a member of Ansar al-Sunna in Germany “and so supported terror in Iraq.” It stopped just short of the prosecution’s call for a six-year sentence. The defense had called for Ahmad to be acquitted. The defendant stayed silent during the yearlong trial, and the prosecutors’ case relied heavily on intercepted phone calls and e-mails. Ansar al-Sunna is the successor to Ansar al-Islam, which was formed in the Kurdish parts of Iraq and is believed to include former al-Qaida members who fled the U.S.-led ouster of Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers. The organizations are suspected of involvement in a string of deadly attacks on U.S. troops and Iraqi police as well as foreign embassies, international organizations and rival Iraqi groups.