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. 

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Swedish citizen appointed next prime minister of Somalia

A Swedish-Somali engineer has been named the new prime minister of Somalia after his predecessor was ousted by a no-confidence vote.

Swedish citizen appointed next prime minister of Somalia
Mohamed Hussein Roble, centre, came to Sweden in 1992 and got his citizenship five years later. Photo: Somali Presidents' Office
Mohamed Hussein Roble came to Sweden in 1992, shortly after the armed coup that thrust the country into its long civil war. He became a Swedish citizen five years later. 
In 2000, he gained his masters in Environmental Technology and Sustainable Infrastructure from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. 
Most recently, he has been working for the International Labour Organisation in Nairobi, Kenya. 
Roble's appointment was announced by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Friday, with Abdinur Mohamed, his deputy chief of staff tweeting out a picture of the new prime minister on Friday. 
The appointment still needs to be confirmed by a vote of country's parliament. 
In a statement, President Farmajo called on Roble to “immediately form a capable government that will lead the country to elections and make significant efforts to consolidate security gains, rebuild the armed forces, develop infrastructure, expand basic services.”