A man in his 50s was in custody Wednesday, suspected of having phoned in bomb threats against both the local courthouse and airport in the northern city of Sandnessjøen. Another man was arrested in Oslo, suspected of also phoning in a bomb threat to Oslo’s main police station. All three locations were evacuated.
The man under suspicion in the Sandnessjøen bomb threats was later arrested hundreds of kilometers away in Trondheim after what police called both “technical and tactical work.” They couldn’t rule out that more people were involved in the threats but only the one suspect in the case was under arrest so far.
The threat against the Alstahaug tingrett courthouse in Sandnessjøen was called in shortly after 10:30am, with local newspaper Helgelands Blad reporting that one court employee said the anonymous caller claimed “the courthouse will be blown to bits, this is dangerous, just get out.”
The second threat was called in to Sandnessjøen Lufthavn shortly thereafter. There was no major disruption to the public because no cases were being heard at the courthouse on Wednesday and strong winds had already cancelled flights at the airport. The suspect was arrested just before 2pm. The motivation of the bomb threats was unclear.
Another man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after everyone visiting the main Oslo police station had to be evacuated. He’s also suspected of phoning in a bomb threat and placing a sack with an unidentified item in it outside the large building in the capital’s Grønland district.