Norway to keep high security threat level for two months
13 April, 2017
Norway's terrorism alert level was raised on 9 April, a day after an explosive was found near a busy subway station in Oslo. Norwegian police said a 17-year-old Russian national who had been living in Norway since 2010 and had applied for asylum was arrested. Although his plans for the explosives where unclear, the police officer said the suspect was already known to authorities as part of "extreme Islamism" circles in Norway.
Police discovered the device on Saturday night just outside the Groenland metro stop, not far from the government complex where far-right terrorist Anders Breivik began his deadly attacks in July 2011. Security services then moved to evacuate bars and restaurants in the surrounding area. Police chief Vidar Pedersen confirmed that the device, initially described as “bomb-like”, was an explosive, which had been defused.
Officials said they planned to keep the heightened security threat level in place for a two-month period, amidst concerns of a copycat attack like that in neighboring Sweden.