Norway terror warnings put nation on high alert

Norway terror warnings put nation on high alert

Top government officials in Oslo react to the terror alert. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB Scanpix

Norway terror warnings put nation on high alert

Published: 24 Jul 2014 10:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Jul 2014 17:16 GMT+02:00

  • “Credible” but “unspecific” intelligence of terror attack
  • Threat linked to fighting in Syria
  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg postpones holiday
  • Increased security at Norway’s two atomic reactors
  • Increased security at borders
  • Oslo City Hall and the Royal Palace closed to public
  • Prime Minister informed on Wednesday evening
  • Flights unaffected
  • UK and US embassies in Oslo warn travellers to ‘remain vigilant’

“The PST [Norway’s security police] recently received information that people with links to Islamic extremists in Syria may intend to carry out attacks against Norway,” PST chief Benedicte Bjørnland told a press conference in Oslo on Thursday. She added that the attack was planned to take place “within a few days from now.”

“The PST has warned several times that extremist Islamist groups in Syria intend to carry out terror attacks in Norway. We often receive such information, but often it turns out to be inaccurate. However, on this occasion our suspicions have been backed up,” she said.

“The resulting investigation we have carried out leads us to believe that this is credible, while unspecific. This is related to people who have participated in fighting in Syria,” she said.

Norway’s intelligence services estimate that between 40 and 50 people with links to Norway have fought or are fighting in Syria.
Justice minister Anders Anundsen said people should be vigilant and follow instructions from the police.
“But it’s important not to judge people,” he told the press conference.
Police on alert
All Norwegian police districts have increased their level of alert, Bjørnland said:

“We have called in people from their holidays and want to work to confirm or disprove the information we have.”

Bjørnland added that further information would be limited out of respect for the security service’s sources. She added that the PST did not know who was behind the threat, nor where or how any attack might be carried out.

The PST said it was releasing the information in the hope of preventing the attack. Police are raising their alert level, said acting police director Vidar Refvik:

“People will mostly notice our increased level of alert through increased presence at border crossings, among other things. The police will be armed,” he said.

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