Norwegian Intelligence Warns of New Terrorist Act Threatening Country
MURMANSK, July 24 (RIA Novosti) – Norwegian security services received information that within days the country may be the target of a terror attack, Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of the Norwegian Police Intelligence Service (PST) said during a press conference Thursday.
"We have information indicating that a terrorist action against Norway is planned to be carried out shortly, probably within a few days," Bjoernland said.
According to the security service chief, serious measures are being taken to prevent the attack but it is yet unclear against who or what it is planned to be carried out. The exact date of the possible terrorist act was not specified either.
"The information that we have does not point to specific individuals or organizations. We are on high alert," Norway's police director Vidar Refviksanden said.
The officials also stated that extremists from Syria could be involved in possible attack.
Norwegian Justice Minister Anders Anundsen said that the threat is so serious that authorities have decided to inform the public about it.
"Our citizens need to be a little more careful than usual," the minister said, adding the he himself had to cut short his vacation and go back to work, as did many police employees.
Bjoernland also noted that citizens of both Norway and Syria could be linked to the alleged attack and that it could be carried out before the end of the month. The security chief brought up the tragic incident in Belgium that occurred earlier in May, when ISIS Islamists opened fire on the visitors and workers of the Jewish Museum in Brussels.
The press conference took place in the government district of Oslo where on 22 July, 2011, Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik bombed government buildings, resulting in eight deaths. He then opened fire at a youth camp of the ruling Labor Party on Uteyya Island, killing 69 people. The society then accused Norwegian special services of incompetence and a lack of awareness.
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