Kongsberg tragedy challenges police

UPDATED: Police mounted a quick and massive response to this week’s deadly attacks in Kongsberg by a lone assailant, Espen Andersen Bråthen, who’s now widely viewed as being mentally ill. Questions are swirling, however, over why police and health care authorities couldn’t or didn’t act to head off the attacks, since there’d been multiple warnings […]

PST sees a rise in far-right threats

Norway’s police intelligence agency PST is reporting a rise in reports of far-right radicalization among young Norwegian men and even teenagers. The heightened concern comes just as a memorial was held this week, 10 years after right-wing terror in Norway and two years after another young white Norwegian man killed his Chinese-born step-sister and then […]

Anguish spills over the July 22 attacks

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s been 10 years since a right-wing terrorist massacred Labour Party youth at their summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya, after first bombing the headquarters of Norway’s Labour-led government at the time. Preparations for July 22 memorials on Thursday have set off a new wave of anguish, as many survivors and victims’ families […]

ISIL wife appeals terror sentence

Norwegian prosecutors won a precedent-setting case on Tuesday against a young Pakistani-Norwegian woman who had married an ISIL terrorist and traveled to Syria to join him. The Oslo County Court ruled that she had thus taken part in a terrorist organization, and sentenced her to three-and-a-half years in prison. She appealed on the spot. The […]

ISIL terror suspect faces trial in May

A 24-year-old man from Skien who’s been in custody since his arrest on terror charges in 2019 has now been indicted and faces trial next month. He’s accused of urging others in a chat group to “burn homes and buildings” in Denmark and London, where police managed to avert an attack. He’s been indicted on […]

ISIL terror suspect cries in court

A now-30-year-old woman born in Pakistan but reared in Norway went on trial in Oslo this week, charged with supporting the terror group ISIL (The Islamic State) after marrying and joining a Norwegian member of ISIL in Syria. She has already broken down in court several times, claiming she ended up being beaten and abused […]

Terror defendant released pending trial

A Norwegian-Pakistani woman who’d followed her radical boyfriend to join the brutal terrorist group IS in Syria has been released from prison in Oslo, pending her own trial on terror charges. She denies she actively supported the terrorist group, claiming she merely kept house and raised the children she eventually had. Her Islamic Norwegian partner […]

Terror suspect kept in custody

UPDATED: A Norwegian court has rejected an appeal from a Syrian teenager that he be released from custody. The 16-year-old must remain in confinement, pending a new appeal to the Supreme Court, while police continue their investigation into charges he was planning a terrorist attack. More details about what led to his arrest late last […]

Pandemic poses security threat

Norway’s intelligence agencies presented a joint review this year of what they consider the most pressing threats to national security, and warned that the Corona virus crisis is playing a new role. They also claimed that Islamic and right-wing extremists pose the greatest threat of actual attacks, while Russia and China still want to exert […]

Teenager arrested on terror charges

UPDATED: Norway’s police intelligence agency PST announced on Friday that a 16-year-old foreign citizen was arrested in Oslo on Thursday. He’s charged with carrying out preparations for an act of terror and faced a custody hearing Friday afternoon, where he was ordered held for at least the next two weeks. The hearing was held behind […]