Norway Raises Threat Level After IED Found
Oslo, Norway – After an IED was found in Central Oslo on Saturday, Norway has raised its terror threat level from “possible” to “probable.” A 17 year old asylum seeker from Russia is in custody for the offense, although his attorney states he is denying any involvement. Norway was already on high alert after the Stockholm terror attack the day before, but the explosive device gave authorities a reason to move the threat level.
The heightened level will be in place for 2 months.
“What’s happened is that a police patrol came across a guy in the Gronland area who acted in a suspicious manner. In relation to this individual the police found an object which we need to investigate.” Svein Arild Jorundland
Witnesses stated that the police presence was heavy.
“Every restaurant was being closed. You could see cops in heavy armor going in every store and restaurant…We were trying to see what was going on. The police were screaming at us to get back inside and stay where we were.” Malin Myrvold
The object was about 1 foot across, and was a device that would have only produced a “limited amount of damage,” according to channelnewsasia. Police detonated the device after cordoning off the area and evacuating surrounding businesses.
The city was placed on virtual lockdown during the investigation. Reports described the area of Oslo as “multi-ethnic.”
The suspect has been living in Norway since 2010, and had applied for asylum.
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The Times of Israel reported,
Police Chief Vidar Pedersen confirmed that the device, initially described as “bomb-like,” was an explosive. The police Twitter account said it had been defused or neutralized.
Police would not give any details about the suspect, or further information about the device.
The incident occurred less than a mile from Norwegian government buildings that were damaged in a 2011 attack.
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