Around 2,000 soldiers, military vehicles and heavily armed police and military patrols will be seen around Oslo this week as Norway’s civil defense and the police take part in a major anti-terror exercise. A few weapons may be fired as well.
The action was to start on Sunday, when armed soldiers can be seen around Sjursøya on Oslo’s waterfront, at Fornebu, Kolsås and Kjeller, and at Lutvann on Oslo’s east side, where both the military intelligence E-tjenesten and the civil defense are based.
As part of the exercises, troops will be called on to defend an oil terminal at Sjursøya and tackle a cyber attack on Telenor. Officials will also be testing how the military and police cooperate in times of emergency.
Around 1,000 civil defense soldiers from Vestfold, Østfold, Hedmark and Oppland counties will be taking part, reported newspaper Aftenposten, along with members of the King’s Guards and elite soldiers from the Telemark Batallion. The exercise will end on Thursday.