Young bomber deported

A 19-year-old Russian citizen convicted of carrying a home-made bomb into Oslo’s Grønland district two years ago has been deported. TV2 reported that a flight took off from OSL Gardermoen during the weekend with the former asylum seeker on board. The teenager created quite a stir when police cordoned off a large area and arrested […]

Norway sympathizes with New Zealand

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, top political colleagues and survivors of Norway’s own terrorist attacks in 2011 were quick to express sympathy and support for the people of New Zealand on Friday. Norwegian prison officials, meanwhile, discounted a claim by the man who gunned down scores of worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch that he’d been in […]

PST criticizes counterpart’s data storage request

Norway’s state intelligence gathering agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjenesten) isn’t supporting a request from its military and overseas counterpart E-tjenesten, that the latter be allowed to monitor and store all data crossing the border for 18 months. PST fears it may overlap or collide with its own itelligence gathering. PST is responsible for assessing and handling […]

Terror-charged Russian can’t stand trial

A 20-year-old Russian who stabbed a woman in an Oslo grocery last month has been declared too mentally ill to stand trial, at least for now. His defense attorney said he’s been diagnosed as suffering from a form of psychosis. “After a preliminary examination, the court-appointed psychiatrist believes he was in a state of psychosis […]

Terror suspect sent to hospital

A 20-year-old Russian man who stabbed a woman in an Oslo grocery store two weeks ago has been committed to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation. “I’ve said all along that he’s sick,” his defense attorney Ola Lunde told TV2. “Part of the investigation involves clarification of his mental health,” noted Martin Bernsen of Norway’s police […]

Russian terrorist changes his story

A 20-year-old Russian held on terrorist charges in Oslo has suddenly withdrawn the full confession he gave police after stabbing a random victim last week. Now he claims he never meant to carry out a terrorist act or kill anyone. Police and even the young man’s own defense attorney appear baffled by the case. The 20-year-old […]

Questions swirl around Russian terrorist

Even his own Norwegian defense attorney is calling him “a danger to life and health,” and strongly supported that the 20-year-old man who said he “wanted to kill several people” in Oslo last week was ordered held in custody over the weekend. The woman he stabbed in an Oslo grocery store on Thursday survived two […]

Stabbing probed as a terrorist attack

The stabbing of a woman inside a grocery store in downtown Oslo on Thursday is being investigated as a terrorist attack. Norway’s police intelligence agency PST has taken charge of the investigation. The stabbing occurred in the middle of the day on Thursday, inside a Kiwi grocery store on Møllergata. The store is located on […]

15 now charged in Morocco murders

A total of 15 suspects are now charged in the murders just before Christmas of two Scandinavian women in Morocco. Another seven are being called into court to face charges in January. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the 15 were formally charged in a Moroccan court on Sunday, including a man with both Swiss and […]

Solberg survives anti-terror critics

Prime Minister Erna Solberg avoided a lack of confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday over her government’s failure to improve preparedness for a terrorist attack. She did have to accept the toughest criticism the Parliament can otherwise dish out. State broadcaster NRK reported that Solberg, who just returned from a trip to South Africa and […]