Norwegian Somali held in Kenya for twin attacks

A Norwegian-Somali man has been arrested in Kenya in connection with two bloody massacres carried out by the terrorist group al-Shabaab last year, according to Kenya's Standard newspaper.

Norwegian Somali held in Kenya for twin attacks
Bodies of some of victims killed in an al-Shabaab attack on a quarry in Mandera. Photo: EPA / DANIEL IRUNGU
Mohamud Jamal, 40, was arrested on January 31 for his involvement in a gruesome massacre when al-Shabaab terrorists stormed a bus in Mandera, north-east Kenya, executing everyone who could not cite verses from the Koran. 
Two weeks later, he was allegedly involved in a second attack on a quarry in the same region, where 36 workers were massacred after being surprised by the terrorists while they slept.
According to  NRK, Jamal emigrated to Norway in the 1980s, settling in the east of the country.  He is one of six suspects scheduled to appear in court in Nairobi next Monday, alongside Salim Abubakar Kitonga, the man police suspect is the mastermind behind the massacres.

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Norwegian was terrorist in Kenya mall attack

Norway's security services have confirmed that Hassan Dhuhulow, a Norwegian man of Somali decent, was one of the terrorists behind a brutal attack on a Nairobi shopping centre in 2013.

Norwegian was terrorist in Kenya mall attack
This man, clad in a black jacket, was the man a former neighbour identified as possibly being Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow - CCTV footage

“PST's conclusion is that Hassan Dhuhulow was one of the terrorists. The investigation has been concluded,” Martin Bernsen, the head of information for Norway's Police Security Services (PST) told Norway's Aftenposten newspaper.

On 21 September 2013, a group of gunmen attacked the Westgate mall in an affluent area of Nairobi, indiscriminately shooting shoppers and staff.

The mall remained under siege for four days as security services attempted to hunt down the assailants, who remained inside and were finally killed, partly by police and partly by areas of the mall collapsing. 

Somali terror group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. 


Dhuhulow had been a suspect in the case since 2013, but his involvement had yet to be confirmed due to a lack of forensic evidence. He has now been identified by dental records.

“The reason is that several countries have been involved in the case. It's mainly the identification work that has taken a long time, and that has affected our progress,” Bernsen said. 

Prosecutor Jan Glent said that PST had been waiting for the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)  to complete it's own investigation. 

“We have been waiting for a forensic investigation from the FBI. It has taken time, and that is the reason why this case has taken such a long time,” he said. 

Dhuhulow came to to Norway as a nine-year-old in 1999. He has been watched by PST ever since he joined a radical Islamic group as a teenager.