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article imageWarning of 'imminent' terror attack in Norway

By Anne Sewell     Jul 24, 2014 in World
Oslo - Norwegians were warned Thursday of the concrete possibility of a terror attack occurring in that country at the hands of people with connections to an extremist group in Syria.
A press conference was called in Oslo, Norway on Thursday where an announcement was made of a "possible concrete threat" to national security in that country from terrorists related to an extremist group in Syria.
According to Justice Minister Anders Anundsen, "We recently received information linked to a group in Syria that could have the intention to carry out a terrorist attack in Norway."
Also present at the press conference were PST-chief Alana Bjørnland and acting police director Vidar Refviksanden.
It was advised that all regions of Norway have now raised their preparedness due to the reports that a terrorist attack will be carried out within the next few days.
Refviksanden said that police will now be especially vigilant. He said, "We understand that some may be troubled. The information we have does not contain threats to specific individuals or institutions."
He did add that in future there will be more visible policing, "especially border crossings, airports and train stations, armed officers will be present." He asked people to also be constantly aware.
According to Bjørnland, head of PST (Norway’s security police), it is unknown if the group is already on the ground in Norway or still to arrive in the country. He added that authorities also do not know where or when the attack could occur. quotes the Department of Defense as saying they became aware of the threat in advance, and when asked why they are taking the threat so seriously, Bjørnland said that when they investigated the threat they deemed it credible.
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