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The Foreigner Norway police preparedness levels normalised. Security authorities say the current situation now means they can carry this out. There are still no specifics about last week’s announced potential terror attack. “I’m pleased that the threat to Norway is now sufficiently reduced so we can return to staffing and preparedness levels we were at before this situation arose last week,” National Police Directorate (POD) Commissioner Odd Reidar Humlegård said.              Thursday’s move comes following a week seeing a phlegmatic tone and then somewhat reduced terror attack threat.

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Norway police preparedness levels normalised

Published on Friday, 1st August, 2014 at 13:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Susanne Tunge Østhus   .

Security authorities say the current situation now means they can carry this out. There are still no specifics about last week’s announced potential terror attack.



“I’m pleased that the threat to Norway is now sufficiently reduced so we can return to staffing and preparedness levels we were at before this situation arose last week,” National Police Directorate (POD) Commissioner Odd Reidar Humlegård said.             

Thursday’s move comes following a week seeing a phlegmatic tone and then somewhat reduced terror attack threat.

“I understand if some people were anxious about the situation our country has been in the past week. Nevertheless, our impression has been that most people taken [matters] calmly, and have also provided us with many valuable tips,” the Police Directorate Commissioner added at the press conference.

Minister of Justice Anders Anundsen and Police Security Service (PST) Director Benedicte Bjørnland were also present.

Measures police employed included armed plainclothes and uniformed police, more thorough border control, and a visible presence at airports and train stations.

Foreign security experts have censured how Norwegian authorities acted regarding the terror threat and the information issued to the general population.

Considerable criticism of police and security officials also came in the wake of the twin terror attacks on the 22nd of July 2011.

“Police emergency preparedness is better than it was three years ago,” said Commissioner Humlegård. “We will be thoroughly reviewing this situation, of course.”

“A lot has worked well this time, as things look now, but naturally, there is something to be learned,” he added.

PST Director Benedicte Bjørnland says, Friday, that the risk of a terrorist attack and the danger of politically motivated violence are still “part of our reality, unfortunately”. “The Norwegian, open, democratic society is vulnerable and we face a significant residual risk, even if the actual threat is now reduced,” she explains in her press statement.PST officials remain concerned about possible recruitment and radicalisation of young people by extremist groups, as well of individuals travelling to join terror groups in areas with fighting.

“New threats and challenging situations may arise, with or without warning. But we must all be prepared for that new threat situations can arise. This isn’t an exception, it’s a normal situation,” Ms Bjørnland concluded in her statement.

Details from the PST about last week’s announced possible terror threat against Norway remain sparse.

The Royal Palace, the Parliament building, and the City Hall in Oslo were closed Thursday last week due to the security concerns but are now open to the public again.



Published on Friday, 1st August, 2014 at 13:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Susanne Tunge Østhus   .

This post has the following tags: norway, terror, attack, syria.





  
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