Islamic extremists still biggest threat

Norway’s state police intelligence unit PST still ranks Islamist extremists as posing the biggest threat against security in the country. Russian intelligence, however, has the greatest damage potential, according to PST’s latest evaluation of the threats facing Norway in 2018. “People and groups inspired by extreme Islamist ideology will be the primary terror threat against […]

Norwegian injured in Kabul attack

Arne Strand, a researcher specializing in Afghanistan for the Chr Michelsens Institutt (CMI) in Bergen, was reported to be in relatively stable condition at a hospital in Kabul after being caught in a terrorist attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul over the weekend.  Strand, an assistant director of CMI, was on what the institute […]

Islamist guilty of terror recruiting

An appeals court in Oslo has found Ubaydullah Hussain, a self-proclaimed Islamist, guilty of supporting the terrorist organization ISIL and recruiting “vulnerable souls” for it. The court upheld Hussain’s earlier sentence to prison for nine years, in a case that involves the first indictment under a law forbidding both membership in and recruiting for a […]

US Embassy warns of Trump decision

President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel set off immediate concerns, warnings and protests in Norway that even worry the US’ own embassy in Oslo. The embassy sent out a warning of its own to all US citizens in Norway Thursday morning, cautioning them to be extra careful in the […]

PST lowers Norway’s terror threat level

Norway’s state police intelligence unit PST (Politiets Sikkerhetstjeneste) thinks the risk of a terrorist attack in Norway has declined, and has thus lowered the national terror threat level. PST now thinks, as of last week, that a terrorist attack in Norway is “possible” instead of “probable.” At the same time, however, PST stresses that the […]

Norwegian IS member sentenced to jail

A 34-year-old Norwegian from Verdal in Trøndelag was sentenced to prison for seven-and-a-half years on Monday. Kristian Michelsen appealed on the spot, while prosecutors are also considering an appeal because they don’t think his jail term is long enough. Michelsen traveled to Syria in 2014 to fight for IS but claims he never took part […]

Oslo uses flowers against terrorists

City work crews in Oslo were busy during the night, setting up more heavy flower- and planter boxes along the main boulevard running through the heart of town. The goal is to prevent any terrorists from trying to drive down Karl Johans gate, most of which already is set aside for pedestrians only. The planter […]

Breivik inspires right-wing terror

After an autumn in which Norwegian media have deplored a rash of deadly mass shootings in the US, commentators often neglect to mention that the deadliest ever occurred just outside Oslo. Now comes news that Norway’s home-grown ultra-right-wing terrorist reportedly has inspired at least three attacks against Muslims in France. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the […]

Oslo ‘vulnerable’ to vehicular terror

London’s anti-terror chief, Nick Aldworth, has warned that Oslo’s main “parade boulevard,” Karl Johans gate, is vulnerable to attacks carried out by vehicular terrorists driving cars and trucks. Top Oslo politicians claim more security measures to prevent such attacks are right around the corner. Aldworth, who has been serving as chief inspector of special operations […]

PST won’t specify Islamic extremists

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) is facing criticism for its reluctance to be more specific about terror threats posed by Islamic extremists. Not only will it not attach a number to how many extremists may be in Norway, it didn’t pass on warnings that an Islamic cleric suspected of having ties to terror group IS was on […]