A woman from Somalia who arrived in Norway in 2013 has been held in police custody since December, charged with attempts to take part in the terrorist group IS. She was arrested in Italy, believed to have been on her way to join IS warriors in the Middle East.
Newspaper Aftenposten reports that she allegedly had a romantic relationship with another IS-linked man who recently was convicted on terrorism charges and sentenced to eight years in prison in the UK.
The woman was extradited from Italy to Norway, because of her immigration status and residence permission in Norway. She’s charged with trying to join a terrorist organization. “We believe she was on her way to Syria to meet a foreign warrior,” Per Niklas-Hafsmoe, a prosecutor for Norway’s police intelligence unit PST, told Aftenposten.
British police had tipped Norwegian police to the Somalian woman and her relationship to the man recently convicted in the UK. PST questioned her last May and seized electronic devices in her home. They revealed how she had been in touch with IS members and stored instructions for making explosives. She allegedly wanted to marry an IS warrior.
Her defense attorney said the woman denies the charges against her. She faces six years in prison in Norway.