Bhatti ordered held in custody

An Oslo court has granted a police request to hold Islamist Arfan Bhatti in custody for another four weeks. He’s already been in prison since May 16, when he was arrested on charges of illegally acquiring weapons. Bhatti, age 39, denies he’s guilty of any offenses and claims his arrest and incarceration were politically motivated. He […]

Minister calls for rearming police

The London police’s ability to quickly halt terrorist attacks in recent months has prompted Norwegian Justice Minister Per-Willy Amundsen to call once again for a general rearming of police in Norway. He’s not giving up his efforts to make sure Oslo police, for example, would be able to respond just as quickly. “The scenario in […]

Two charged in weapons case

A 37-year-old man has been charged with illegal receipt and storage of weapons in the same case as radical Islamist Arfan Bhatti, who also has been charged and held in custody since mid-May. The 37-year-old, who runs a small messenger service in Oslo, has acknowledged having taken possession of and stored weapons that were found by police. Newspaper VG recently […]

Terror suspect still in custody in Oslo

Norway’s long Pinse (Whitsund) weekend was dominated by news of the latest terrorist attack in London, where many Norwegians study, work and live. In Oslo, meanwhile, a 17-year-old terror suspect remained in custody, with police wanting to keep him there. The 17-year-old Russian citizen was arrested on April 8, just a day after a terrorist attack […]

‘Norway is not prepared for terror’

Retired Norwegian general Robert Mood is openly defying recent claims by Justice Minister Per-Willy Amundsen that Norway “has never been better prepared” for a terrorist attack. Norway still suffers “major weaknesses” in its civilian security and preparedness, claims Mood, who thinks they’re linked to either system failure or “a serious failure to take responsibility” at the […]

Solberg: ‘Don’t let terror scare us’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the terrorist attack in Manchester Monday night “gruesome and meaningless,” and said she hopes it won’t scare Norwegians away from concerts and other public gatherings. She sent her condolences to the UK and said it was “an incredibly sad day.” Solberg met reporters Tuesday morning after a suicide bomber killed at least […]

Terror suspect held in custody

A 17-year-old boy caught with an explosive device in downtown Oslo just before Easter was ordered held in custody for at least another two weeks on Monday. Investigators say their suspicions that he was planning a terrorist attack have been strengthened. Kathrine Tonstad of state police intelligence unit PST, which took over the investigation, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

PST takes over after Oslo bomb scare

UPDATED: Norway’s police intelligence and anti-terror unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) has taken over an investigation launched late Saturday night following the discovery of a suspicious “object” believed to be a bomb in Oslo’s Grønland district. A large portion of the busy downtown district was cordoned off and subject to evacuation until the mysterious object could be destroyed. There was a […]

Passports needed for trips to Sweden

The terrorist attack that stunned Sweden heading into the weekend has prompted the country to tighten border control. That means Norwegians also need to take their passports with them when crossing the border, even for just an Easter week daytrip for shopping. “My general advice is that everyone traveiling to and from Sweden should have […]

Islamist dreamed of ‘crushing’ City Hall

A young Norwegian Islamist convicted of recruiting others to the terrorist organization ISIL wants to destroy all the statues around Oslo’s City Hall and longs for the day when Muslim prayers will stream out of the landmark building’s tower instead of chimes. Ubaydullah Hussain said so himself, along with many other things, in a long-anticipated documentary that was […]