Security scare shut major station

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Police evacuated the busy National Theater station in downtown Oslo Wednesday morning after personnel for state railway NSB found an abandoned suitcase on board a local train. They didn’t take any chances, and police also called in their bomb squad.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the “suspicious object” was found as the train approached National Theater after a stop at Oslo Sentralstasjon (the central station, also known as Oslo S). Police were called, passengers were told to leave the train and the station was evacuated.

The police bomb squad examined the suitcase and could report it wasn’t dangerous. It reportedly was forgotten on board the train by a passenger who had left the train at Oslo S.

Since all train and T-bane (metro) traffic runs through the National Theater station, its evacuation and closure disrupted all rail traffic through Oslo. Traffic was back in service by noon, but delays were expected throughout the afternoon.

When police had the situation under control, traffic resumed on a second track through the station but some departures had to be cancelled. An NSB spokesman said traffic should be back on track in time for the afternoon commuter rush.

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