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Norway: Two held by police on Somalian born Kadra assault

Posted by African Press International on April 18, 2007

Police arrested two young men early Monday afternoon and charged them with assaulting Norwegian-Somalian activist Kadra in downtown Oslo last week. Kadra herself had spotted her attackers on an Oslo street and called police.

Kadra has apparently upset some Muslims by speaking out in favour of women’s rights.


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A witness told that Kadra, as she’s known, was seen downtown around mid-day on Monday in the company of another woman. She was seen making a call, presumably to police, who arrived shortly and arrested two persons in the area.

The two, both men in their 20s, were seized near the El Dorado Cinema on Torggata in downtown Oslo about 1pm, police confirmed to

The two suspects were allegedly part of a Somalian gang that attacked Kadra in downtown Oslo last week. Police have already said they have photos of the attackers from security cameras located where the attack occurred.

The young Norwegian-Somalian woman sparked the ire of some Muslims several years ago by taking part in a TV documentary that exposed Muslim leaders encouraging young woman to submit to female circumcision.

The bold documentary also made Kadra well-known in Norway, and led to new legislation that forbids the practice.

Kadra was back in the news recently when she told Norwegian newspaper VG that the Koran’s views on women needed to be reinterpreted.

She said her attackers, who kicked her and broke some of her ribs last week, screamed that she had “trampled on the Koran.”

The Islamic Council of Norway condemned the attack on Kadra and urged her to pursue the case with police.

Lifted and published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, source.AftenpostenEng

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