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Shots fired at mullah's Norway apartment

OSLO, Norway, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Shots fired at the Oslo, Norway, apartment of a Muslim mullah resulted in an injury to one person, police said Monday.

Authorities said a man believed to be the son-in-law of Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar, suffered a hand injury in the Monday morning incident and was taken to local hospital, NRK reported.

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The Norwegian news agency said Mullah Krekar and his family were removed from the apartment and housed in a secure place by police.

Authorities said several family members were in the apartment when shots were likely fired through an open window. They told NRK witnesses saw two men running away from the scene and a a burned-out car was found nearby shortly after the incident.

The broadcaster said Mullah Krekar, a Kurd from northern Iraq, came to Norway in 1991 as a quota refugee. From 1991 to 2002 he headed the Islamist rebel group, Ansar al-Islam, and has been accused of having contact with Osama bin Laden and the terrorist network al-Qaida.

NRK said Mullah Krekar was expelled from Norway in 2003, but the decision has yet been to be carried out because he risks the death penalty in Iraq.

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