OSLO, Norway, June 14 (UPI) -- A radical Islamic group whose former leader is a refugee in Norway killed 49 people in a prison massacre in 2003, according to a Norwegian immigration official.
Norway is seeking to deport Mullah Krekar, claiming that his ties to Ansar al-Islam make him a threat to national security. Krekar, an Iraqi Kurd, was granted asylum in Norway several years ago.
Aftenposten reports that Sidsel Wiborg testified at a deportation hearing about a trip she made to Iraq to investigate Krekar's case. She described visiting the prison where Ansar al-Islam held prisoners.
Wiborg said she was told that the group cut the prisoners' throats before fleeing advancing U.S. forces. Krekar was not there at the time.
Krekar denied Wiborg's story and his lawyer said she got her information from a Kurdish group that opposes Ansar al-Islam.