The family of Arfan Bhatti, who had a long record of criminal convictions in Norway before he became a radical Islamist and traveled to the Middle East last fall, has reported him missing after not hearing from him since January 7. Another Norwegian jihadist is missing as well, and three who traveled to Syria to fight in the country’s civil war are dead.
Newspaper Dagsavisen reported over the weekend that Bhatti, age 35, was first reported missing to the foreign ministry and later to the police. He traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan in mid-October and published photos of himself on the social media site Facebook posing with an automatic weapon, allegedly on the violent border between the two countries.
Several hateful and threatening reports signed by Bhatti, best known for being charged with terrorist activity in Norway after a long career of extortion and violence, have also been published in recent months but his family claims his Facebook page was mysteriously deleted a week ago.
Three other Norwegian men who traveled to fight in Syria’s civil war have been killed, meanwhile, and another jijadist has also disappeared after an international warrant for his arrest was issued because he was suspected of plotting a terrorist attack at last summer’s Olympics in London.