Police have seized dozens of weapons and arrested three men from various places around Norway in a case tied to a right-wing radical milieu. Police intelligence agency PST confirmed it was following the case closely but wouldn’t comment further.
The arrests come just as Norway is marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack in Norway that was carried out by a young right-wing extremist and left 77 people dead. The arrests were first reported by newspapers Romerikes Blad just outside Oslo and Avisa Nordland in the northern city of Bodø. The weapons and ammunition were seized at the home of a man in his 30s in Bodø.
They included six machine guns, 10 rifles, five pistols, 31 machine gun belts and 18 magazines plus more than 8,000 bullets and grenades. Many of the weapons were old but functional. The man was ordered held in custody for four weeks while police continue to investigate.
The case reportedly involves a network of people who bought and sold illegal weapons and have ties to radical right-wing organizations. The two other men arrested live in Hamar and Lillestrøm, both in their 20s and 30s. The defense attorney for one of the men claimed his client was simply a collector of old weapons and described himself as non-political.