Challenges pile up for new PST chief

Hans Sverre Sjøvold took over as the new chief of Norway’s police intelligence agency PST just last spring. Since then he’s had to deal with another terrorist attack by a young white supremacist, more right-wing extremism and probes into questionable PST operations, while facing charges of illegal weapons possession himself. Sjøvold insists, however, that “the […]

Mosque attacker cites ‘political’ motive

UPDATED: The young Norwegian man who murdered his Chinese-born adopted step-sister and then attacked a local mosque in August was back in court for a new custody hearing on Monday. Philip Manshaus clarified for the first time why he won’t plead guilty to the terror charges against him, but the presiding judge initially banned the […]

PST targets more right-wing extremism

The arrest in Oslo this weekend of a right-wing nationalist from the US marks the latest example of how Norway’s police intelligence unit PST views conservative extremism as a serious security threat. The American, identified as Greg Johnson, was arrested at what was supposed to be a secret gathering to promote racist and anti-Semitic ideology. […]

White supremacist still in isolation

He complained in court on Monday that it was “boring” to sit in jail in full isolation. A court in Oslo nonetheless ordered that’s where the young Norwegian white supremacist, who murdered his Chinese-born step-sister and then fired shots inside a local mosque, will remain, at least for another two weeks. Then his isolation may […]

Step-sister killed because she was Asian

An autopsy into the death of 17-year-old Johanne Zhanglia Ihle-Hansen in Bærum last month has concluded that she was killed with two shots to her head and two to her chest. Her step-brother, 21-year-old terror defendant Philip Manshaus, is charged with her murder, which police now confirm was motivated by her Chinese ethnicity. “We have […]

Terrorist wanted ‘to scare Muslims’

The 21-year-old Norwegian charged with firing shots inside a mosque and murdering his Chinese-born step-sister last weekend agreed on Monday to undergo a pre-trial psychiatric observation. He now refuses to undergo more questioning by police, but has told them that his main goal was “to scare Muslims.” Unni Fries, defense attorney for Philip Manshaus of […]

PST ‘underestimates white terror threat’

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST received tips last year about the young Norwegian white supremacist who murdered his adopted ethnically Chinese step-sister and then attacked a mosque in Bærum during the weekend. PST didn’t take contact with him, even though he had access to weapons, and now they’re accused of not taking right-wing extremists seriously […]

Family thanks public for condolences

The adoptive parents of 17-year-old Johanne Zhanghia Ihle-Hansen, who police believe was murdered by her right-wing extremist step-brother who’s also charged with terrorism, have expressed appreciation for the support and condolences they’ve received, also from Islamic leaders who were targets of their son’s attack on a local mosque. The victim’s high school in Sandvika opened […]

Mosque shooting widely condemned

A young Norwegian man who fired shots inside a mosque in suburban Oslo Saturday evening was refusing to talk with police on Sunday. He’s in custody, charged with murder and attempted murder, while Prime Minister Erna Solberg joined other top politicians in condemning what’s being investigated as a terrorist attack by a right-wing extremist. “All […]

Extremist parties excluded

After a week of strong objections to their participation in an annual political gathering in Arendal, two small right-wing extremist organizations have been excluded. Organizers of Arendalsuka claimed the presence of Alliansen and SIAN (Stop the Islamization of Norway) would have excluded others. Norway’s largest party, Labour, had, for example, claimed it would boycott Arendalsuka […]