Terror threats against Norway

During the Muhammed cartoon reprint demonstrations last Friday, Mohyeldeen Mohammad from Larvik, Norway, (currently studying shari’a in Media, Saudi Arabia) spoke. Mohammad allegedly supported the stoning of homosexuals in his speech, and threatened Aftenposten. “When are the Norwegian authorities to understand this? Maybe not until it is to late. Maybe we’ll see a 9/11 or a 7/7 on Norwegian soil. This is not a threat, but a warning,” he also said. He also allegedly threatened to shoot, or stated that some people were coming to shoot, journalists who waited outside of his home in hope of getting an interview.

After the incident Mohammad is to have gone to the police to report the journalists, but was himself taken in to questioning. In a press conference the Norwegian police said they had searched his home without finding anything out of the ordinary. Mohammad is to have said the threat were a mistake, and that he didn’t know the people outside his house was journalists, but a mob wanting to hurt him.

We have seen a lot of tension in the last couple of weeks, and there is much speculation about how great the threat against Norway is. Politicians and Muslim representatives both are worried about the current situation. Minister of Justice, Knut Storberget, says there are signs of a radicalization amongst Muslims in Norway. Usman Rana, columnist in Aftenposten, is one of many Muslims who repudiate Mohyeldeen Mohammad’s opinions and calls for a “Norwegian interpretation” of Islam.

Calm demonstrations

Awaiting last Friday’s protests against the re-publications of the Muhammad caricatures, Norwegian Media and Muslim representatives worried about aggressive and violent demonstrations. But the demonstration (which attracted in between 2500-3000 persons) is reported to have been calm and orderly. Even so, 24-year old Mohyeldeen Mohammad from Larvik, Norway hinted at the possibility of terror attacks in Norway in a recent speech.