Teen charged with storing explosives

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Police raided the homes of both the mother and the father of a 17-year-old Norwegian last week and found large quantities of explosives at the mother’s home in Modum, Buskerud County. Materials seized could have been used to make a powerful bomb.

The teenager and his mother were both charged. Police wouldn’t say what led to the raids or whether the teenager had expressed any extremist political views.

The 17-year-old was ordered held in custody for at least two weeks while police continued to investigate. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. His mother was released.

Police carried out a controlled detonation of the explosives found in Modum.

As part of an international effort to stop terrorist bombings, police in Norway received a list of names of 41 persons in Norway known to have done business with a Polish firm believed to deal with explosive materials. The name of Anders Behring Breivik, who bombed government headquarters in Norway in July, had been on the list, which police are now believed to be following up on much more actively. They wouldn’t say, however, whether the 17-year-old’s name was on the list as well.

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