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 […]

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 […]