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Norway bomb plot shows reach of Al Qaeda-linked groups

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In many cases, including the 9/11 attacks, whose participants were mostly Saudis, coordination is often dominated by one nationality or ethnic group -- be it Saudi or Pashtun.

The arrest of the three men, two in Norway and one in Germany, took place after a year of surveillance by Norwegian authorities; the decision to arrest came after unnamed members of the “international media” had discovered the investigation, Norwegian police said. The men were said to be preparing homemade peroxide bombs not unlike the one that failed to go off in the New York subway in 2009.

The Norwegian plot was linked to the same terrorist planners behind that failed attack and one aimed at a British shopping mall. The Associated Press reported that US and Norwegian counterterrorism officials worked together on the Norwegian plot, officials said. Ms. Kristiansen traveled to the US this spring to review intelligence from in the case.

A Norwegian police statement described those arrested as “Person 1,” a Chinese Uighur that came to Norway in the late 1990s as a refugee who was granted citizenship in 2007. “Person 2” is an Iraqi Kurd arriving in the late 1990s and holding Norwegian permanent residence status. And “Person 3” is an Uzbek asylum seeker in the early 2000s who was later granted permanent residence. All three are in their 30s.

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