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article imageNorway terror attack could happen Monday

By Anne Sewell     Jul 26, 2014 in World
Oslo - The possible terror attack, warned of by Norway's government and security police during the week, could quite likely happen on Monday, according to several independent sources. Security is being tightened and the public told to remain vigilant.
Digital Journal reported Thursday that Norwegians were being warned of an "imminent" terror incident. Now a possible date has been set for the terrorist attack.
The attack has apparently been planned for Monday, to coincide with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-fitr, the end of the Ramadan fasting period.
Norway's security police, PST, has neither confirmed nor rejected the information that has been released to the media. However, Jon Fitje Hoffmann of PST said Friday that a group of people, thought to be jihadists, are believed to have left Syria, planning to strike against targets in the West.
PST did confirm that sources mentioned Norway as a possible target. PST chief Benedicte Bjørnland said, “The PST has warned several times that extremist Islamist groups in Syria intend to carry out terror attacks in Norway. We often receive such information, but often it turns out to be inaccurate. However, on this occasion our suspicions have been backed up.”
“The resulting investigation we have carried out leads us to believe that this is credible, while unspecific. This is related to people who have participated in fighting in Syria,” she added.
According to Norway's intelligence services, between 40 and 50 people with links to Norway have been fighting, or have fought in the past, in Syria.
Bjørnland added that all Norwegian police districts have increased their alert level and people have been called back to work from their vacations to help confirm or disprove the information they currently have.
Security has also been tightened at the atomic reactors in Kjeller, Oslo and Halden, south of Oslo.
According to Viktor A. Wikstrøm, communications director of Institute of Energy, "Our security people are in place and have taken all the necessary precautions. We have continuing contact with PST."
Various other security measures are being put into place, including the closing of Jewish Museums all over the country and particularly the one in the capital city, Oslo.
Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg has reportedly cancelled vacation plans, but did tell the police that she trusts their security plans.
She told the Norwegian media, “This is a terror threat against Norway that PST and the Norwegian Intelligence service judge to be credible.”
She added that the decision to inform the Norwegian public was made due to the country's intelligence services’ policy of increased openness.
“I trust the police to keep abreast of the issue and take necessary actions, the PST and Intelligence Service to cooperate effectively through the joint counter-terrorism center,” she added. Meanwhile the city hall is Oslo is closed and the Royal Palace has cancelled all tours of the building until further notice.
Reportedly flights will remain unaffected, but travelers are being told to keep track of warnings from their respective embassies and to "remain vigilant."
Norwegian Sources:
Aftenposten
NRK
Dagens Næringsliv
The Local
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