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The Foreigner Oslo University in suspected bomb operation. UPDATED: Police in the Norwegian capital sealed off four buildings and the entrance to Blindern underground station. Some university staff and students were sent home. Bomb squad personnel were investigating a suspicious-looking object found in the vicinity of the Physics and Chemistry buildings, Wednesday. They arrived at the scene at about 6.45 am.

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Oslo University in suspected bomb operation

Published on Wednesday, 5th August, 2015 at 11:15 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th August 2015 at 11:54.

UPDATED: Police in the Norwegian capital sealed off four buildings and the entrance to Blindern underground station. Some university staff and students were sent home.



Bomb squad personnel were investigating a suspicious-looking object found in the vicinity of the Physics and Chemistry buildings, Wednesday.

They arrived at the scene at about 6.45 am.

Officers, who were conducting investigations in the area at the time, say that it was deliberately made to resemble a bomb, Dagbladet reported.

According to VG, it was the University of Oslo’s Physics, Chemistry, Astrophysics, and Helga Engs Hus buildings at the lower end of Blindern campus that were sealed off.

Marienlyst School pupils were also being kept inside as a precautionary measure.

 “We don’t know whether it actually contains explosive material or is a dummy [yet],” Oslo Police District Operations Leader Tor Jøkling told Dagbladet earlier.

A controlled detonation was conducted by police bomb disposal experts.

Oslo police also tweeted on their Twitter account that people in the area would hear a loud noise in connection with this.

The Blindern area is now safe again, with the situation gradually returning to normal.

A no-fly zone with a radius of some 2 nautical miles from Blindern (about 3.7 kilometres, or 2.3 miles) for air traffic below 1,500 feet (some 457 metres) is also in place.

The events come following Wednesday morning’s shooting of a security guard at the educational institution’s Physics building, where the discovered suspicious item was left.

Police believe one of the culprits may have been wearing a black jacket also discovered at Blindern Underground Station at approximately 8.50 am.

“He saw two people he wanted to speak to. They began running away as he approached them. One of them suddenly turned round and fired four to five shots at the security guard,” Oslo Police District Operations Leader Vidar Pedersen said to NRK.

The individual, who was hit in the chest while patrolling the area and rang police himself at 2.45 am, is not seriously injured.

“He was wearing a bulletproof vest and received treatment from medical personnel at the scene,” Officer Pedersen said.

Both men are still on the run.

One of the culprits is said to have spoken English and described as being thin, 1.75m high (about 5’8”), with light-coloured skin, and believed to be wearing a red cap and grey shoes in addition to the jacket.

Police have asked members of the public for assistance, and can be reached on 22 66 96 00.

The shooting is to be investigated as attempted murder.



Published on Wednesday, 5th August, 2015 at 11:15 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th August 2015 at 11:54.

This post has the following tags: oslo, bomb, university.





  
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