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Afghan fugitive wanted for Norway murder arrested in Rome

Man accused of killing 17 yr old wife traced via cell phone

17 June, 14:07
Afghan fugitive wanted for Norway murder arrested in Rome (ANSA) - Rome, June 17 - Rome police arrested a fugitive Afghan man accused of killing his 17-year-old wife and fleeing with their two-year-old daughter from Oslo, Norway, on June 12, investigators said on Monday. The alleged wife-killer immediately fled Norway and crossed several countries to go into hiding in Italy.

Investigators managed to locate the man, Noori Ahmad, by tracing a complex web of minimal computer traces left by his cell phone along his flight.

After fruitless efforts to locate his cell phone by its IMEI identity code - which had been furnished by Norwegian police - on Saturday afternoon Italian investigators found a phone number owned by an migrant living in Naples associated with the fugitive's cell phone device.

The device, investigators then learned, was located in Rome. From there investigators began a feverish search for the fugitive, but efforts were complicated by the density of the neighborhoods where the phone number occasionally showed up.

What gave Ahmad away was the presence of his cell phone at an internet point in a neighborhood of southeast Rome.

Investigators were then able to follow the man in real time on Sunday morning, thanks to a couple of brief phone calls the fugitive made to Iran.

Noori Ahmad was arrested, in the company of his two-year-old daughter, at the same Internet point he had visited the evening before.

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