A 23-year-old Norwegian Muslim from Skien who was born to Somali parents has been accused of planning to bomb St. Paul’s Cathedral in London together with a Muslim woman living in the UK. According to his lawyer, he believes in the Quran and aims to be a good Muslim.
Voice of Europe He was arrested by the Police Security Service (PST) on September 5th, 2019 and was imprisoned the following day. Authorities have deceptively referred to the suspected terrorist as a “Norwegian citizen” and from Telemark, a region in Norway.
According to PST, the suspect had planned to carry out a terror attack against St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The plans have been discussed by the British press; however, according to Norwegian newspaper Nettavisen, the connection to Norway wasn’t known until just recently.
The man who is a Norwegian citizen is said to have grown up in Skien in Telemark and was born in Norway to Somali Muslim parents. He has been charged with terrorist associations, which involve planning or preparing a terrorist act by forging associations with someone to commit such an act.
Later, the charge was extended to address his participation in the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS). He is also accused of having destroyed evidence in a terror case in progress in Denmark, according to Nettavisen. He has repeatedly denied criminal charges for terrorist activities.
He stands accused of having planned to bomb St. Pauls Cathedral together with a 36-year-old British Muslim woman whose name is Safiyya Amira Shaikh, but who was born Michelle Ramsden. Ramsden is said to have converted to Islam in 2007.
On February 21st, 2020, the 23-year-old Somali-Norwegian’s Muslim co-defendant, Safiyya Amira Shaikh, admitted to planning the terror attack at Old Bailey in London, stating that the goal was to kill as many people as possible in a suicide bomb attack on St. Paul. “I always know I wanted to do something big… .killing one kafir (infidel) is not enough for me”, Safiyya said. She expressed a desire to target a church on a day like Christmas or Easter to kill more people, according to the case summary.