Suspicious fire near justice minister’s home

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Police in Oslo are investigating the origins of a fire that seemed to have been intentionally set in a garbage container located next to the home of Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara. 

Police were called to the minister’s home just before 2pm on Thursday. Firefighters quickly put out the fire, and a spokesman for Norway’s police intelligence unit PST has taken over the investigation.

“We have been oriented by the Oslo Police District that there has been an incident outside Wara’s home during the afternoon,” Martin Bernsen of PST told news bureau NTB. “We are constantly evaluating the terror threat and will impose special measures if necessary.” NTB reported that technicians and investigators were still working outside Wara’s home just before 5pm.

The justice minister’s home and one of his family’s vehicles were also vandalized in early December. A swastika and a misspelled word for “racist” were spraypainted on the home’s wall and car, and string was found sticking out of the car’s gas tank. That indicated there was an intention to set it on fire. There have been no arrests in the case.

newsinenglish.no staff