Norway seeks Muslim suspected of fighting in Syria

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Updated: 7/01 11:50 am

HELSINKI (AP) — Norway's intelligence service on Tuesday said that it is seeking a Norwegian-born Muslim, who is believed to have joined rebel ISIL fighters in the al-Qaida breakaway group in Syria.

Spokesman Martin Bernsen said the agency wants to question Bastian Vasquez, who earlier was suspected of threatening the lives of the Norwegian prime minister and members of the royal family before he fled the country.

Bernsen told the AP on Tuesday that Vasquez was suspected of "joining and/or supporting" the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, classed as a terror organization in Norway.

He said officials had identified Vasquez as a man who appeared in a video clip apparently released by the Sunni-led group last weekend, which purported to show the blowing up of a police station in Syria.

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