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Terror threat against Norway announced. Norwegian Security Police (PST) say concrete information indicates a terror attack is planned in Norway within the next few days. Director Benedicte Bjørnland was not specific about likely targets, methods, or who might be behind it, but said at today’s hastily convened press conference that “We recently received information linked to an extreme Islamist group recruited in Syria that might intend carrying out a terrorist attack in Norway.” The PST and military intelligence have long been concerned about Norwegian citizens travelling abroad to participate in fighting in places such as Syria.

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Terror threat against Norway announced

Published on Thursday, 24th July, 2014 at 11:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th July 2014 at 17:32.

Norwegian Security Police (PST) say concrete information indicates a terror attack is planned in Norway within the next few days.

Benedicte Bjørnland, PST director
The PST chose to inform people as a preventative and dissuasive measure, they say.Benedicte Bjørnland, PST director
Photo: Police Security Service


Director Benedicte Bjørnland was not specific about likely targets, methods, or who might be behind it, but said at today’s hastily convened press conference that “We recently received information linked to an extreme Islamist group recruited in Syria that might intend carrying out a terrorist attack in Norway.”

The PST and military intelligence have long been concerned about Norwegian citizens travelling abroad to participate in fighting in places such as Syria.

They are worried training received there could be used against Norway when these individuals return home. In their annual security assessment for this year, the PST have also already stated that they think Islamist extremism still represents the most serious terrorist threat to Norway.

There have been no arrests and no people have been brought in for questioning presently regarding today's announced threatened terror attack. There is also no information confirming those with connections to Norway are behind this, according to the PST director.

“We are currently working to verify this [the threat of a terror attack] with the Intelligence Service,” said Ms Bjørnland, whose organisation chose to announce current news following initial investigations.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has postponed her planned holiday, and business security experts advise firms to review their emergency preparedness proceedures, reported NRK.

Police say security is already upped at borders, train stations, and airports, with relevant officers having been recalled from holiday and police helicopter preparedness increased.

There are also plainclothes patrols at these facilities, and members of the public will notice the heightened police presence both there and generally.

“Officers patrolling in these areas will be armed,” Acting National Police Commissioner Vidar Refvik stated at today’s press conference.

Citizens are asked to be vigilant, and members of the public are urged not to condemn any specific individuals or groups within Norway and society.

“There is no reason to recommend the public takes any specific precautionary measures at the present time,” added the Acting Commissioner in a statement, though people are advised to follow police's instructions.

The British Government's revised travel advice to citizens visiting Norway is "to remain vigilant." The US Embassy in Oslo has not responded to requests for comment by The Foreigner as yet.

Earlier this year, police arrested five people in a swoop on various addresses in eastern Norway regarding “participation in, or provision of financial or other material support to a terrorist organisation.”

There is nothing to indicate that operation is in any way linked to today’s announced terror threat.

“There are reasonable grounds to suspect two of the persons charged for having participated as foreign fighters for The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria. The three persons charged were arrested to prevent additional support of or adherence to ISIL,” they said at the time.




Published on Thursday, 24th July, 2014 at 11:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th July 2014 at 17:32.

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





  
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