• Norway edition
 
Day 2: Norway terror warnings
Top government officials in Oslo react to the terror alert. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB Scanpix

Day 2: Norway terror warnings

Published: 24 Jul 2014 10:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Jul 2014 09:59 GMT+02:00

  • "Credible" but "unspecific" intelligence of terror attack
  • Threat linked to fighting in Syria
  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg postpones holiday
  • Increased security at Norway's two atomic reactors
  • Increased security at borders and Norway's two nuclear reactors
  • Oslo City Hall and the Royal Palace  and closed to public
  • Prime Minister informed on Wednesday evening
  • Flights unaffected
  • UK and US embassies in Oslo warn travellers to 'remain vigilant'

“The PST [Norway’s security police] recently received information that people with links to Islamic extremists in Syria may intend to carry out attacks against Norway,” PST chief Benedicte Bjørnland told a press conference in Oslo on Thursday. She added that the attack was planned to take place “within a few days from now.”

“The PST has warned several times that extremist Islamist groups in Syria intend to carry out terror attacks in Norway. We often receive such information, but often it turns out to be inaccurate. However, on this occasion our suspicions have been backed up,” she said.

“The resulting investigation we have carried out leads us to believe that this is credible, while unspecific. This is related to people who have participated in fighting in Syria,” she said.

Norway's intelligence services estimate that between 40 and 50 people with links to Norway have fought or are fighting in Syria.
 
Justice minister Anders Anundsen said people should be vigilant and follow instructions from the police.
 
“But it’s important not to judge people,” he told the press conference.
 
Police on alert
 
All Norwegian police districts have increased their level of alert, Bjørnland said:

“We have called in people from their holidays and want to work to confirm or disprove the information we have.”

Bjørnland added that further information would be limited out of respect for the security service's sources. She added that the PST did not know who was behind the threat, nor where or how any attack might be carried out.

The PST said it was releasing the information in the hope of preventing the attack. Police are raising their alert level, said acting police director Vidar Refvik:

“People will mostly notice our increased level of alert through increased presence at border crossings, among other things. The police will be armed,” he said.

Increased security at nuclear reactors

Security tightened at the atomic reactors in Kjeller, Oslo and Halden, south of Oslo. Viktor A Wikstrøm, communications director of Institute of Energy, said to Adresseavisen: "Our security people are in place and have taken all the neccessary precautions. We have continuing contact with PST."

PM cancels summer holiday plans

Prime Minister Erna Solberg said she was informed of the threat against Norway on Wednesday evening. She told news agency NTB that she trusted police to take the necessary actions.
 
“This is a terror threat against Norway that PST and the Norwegian Intelligence service judge to be credible,” she said, adding that the decision to inform the public was made in light of the intelligence services’ policy of increased openness.
 
“I trust the police to keep abreast of the issue and take necessary actions, the PST and Intelligence Service to cooperate effectively through the joint counter-terrorism centre.”
 
Solberg has postponed her planned summer holiday in light of the threat. Secretary of State, Sigbjørn Aanes says to NRK:"I can confirm that Erna Solberg should have gone for her vacation together with her family today."

City Hall closed

Following the information about the threat, Oslo City Hall announced that it would not open to tourists until further notice. 
 
“We are currently assessing the situation. We will have a meeting at 1pm with experts who will carry out a security assessment,” City Hall manager Bjørn Risvik told NTB.
 

The Royal Palace closed

The Royal Palace in Oslo has cancelled all tours of the building until further notice. The move was decided by the Head of Court on Thursday.

Tickets pre-paid for tours will be refunded at the ticket office (billettservice.no).


Norway Chess Olympics under threat

The Chess Olympiad to be held in Tromsø - the world's third biggest sports event and 181 nations scheduled to take part - said they have a "security plan" and are working with the Norwegian authorities and police, said organisers on their official Twitter account.

Jewish Museum in Oslo closed

The Jewish Museum of Oslo has been closed because of the terror threat against Norway on Friday. Rolf Kirschner, assistant manager of the museum said to NTB: "As a potential target, we have made this decision. It is sad. We have nice exhibitions going on, but we cannot risk the lifes of our staff and the visitors."

 
Flights unaffected
 
Armed police were patrolling Oslo's Gardemoen airport at lunchtime on Thursday.
 
SAS, Norwegian and Avinor said flights were running normally. Neither the airlines nor airport authorities had been contacted by police regarding the threat.
 
Marit Kjær, communications director at the airport said they had not raised the threat level. "For the time being everything is running as normal," she told NTB.
 
UK and US travellers must 'remain vigilant', say embassies
 
Officials at the British Embassy told The Local that they were aware of the situation, but had not changed their travel advice for British citizens visiting Norway. The Foreign Office website noted the Norwegian warnings and advised travellers to 'remain vigilant'.
The American Embassy has issued the same warning to travellers. They emphasise public institutions, businesses and especially US embassies are targets for terrorists and extremist groups.

For more stories about Norway, join us on Facebook and Twitter

NTB/The Local (news@thelocal.no)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
King's speech urges change in Norway
King Harald alongside Queen Sonja at 159th Parliament opening in Oslo. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

King's speech urges change in Norway

King Harald of Norway read out his government's agenda for the year ahead on Thursday afternoon in Parliament at the 159th speech from the throne. READ  

Burglars in Norway steal horses' tails

Burglars in Norway steal horses' tails

Five horses got their tails cut off during a burglary at Spydeberg riding school in Indre Østfold on Thursday. READ  

Deila hits out at Celtic's regime critics
Ronny Deila under fire about his views on team diet and fitness. Photo: Leszek Szymañski / NTB scanpix

Deila hits out at Celtic's regime critics

Celtic manager Ronny Deila erupted at a press conference on Thursday ahead of his team's Europa League crunch tie, lambasting his critics with a torrent of strong language and threats to quit Scottish football. READ  

Oslo 2022: Reaction to the 'no' vote
PM Erna Solberg reacts to the Oslo Olympics decision. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB scanpix

Oslo 2022: Reaction to the 'no' vote

Oslo withdrew its bid for the 2022 Winter Games to be held in the Norwegian capital after a majority 'no' vote from the government on Wednesday. The Local captures key reactions from top officials and sports stars. READ  

Oslo withdraws bid from 2022 Winter Olympics

Oslo withdraws bid from 2022 Winter Olympics

Norway's ruling government party has voted against Oslo's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Wednesday. READ  

Jens Stoltenberg starts as new NATO chief
Jens Stoltenberg at his inaugural press conference as NATO general secretary in Brussels. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Jens Stoltenberg starts as new NATO chief

Former Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Brussels on Wednesday to begin his new post as NATO secretary general and highlighted the crisis in Ukraine, NATO's relations with Russia, and the fight against terror as his key issues. READ  

Norway best country for older people
Silhouette of a senior woman in a nursery home in Norway. Photo: Frank May / NTB scanpix

Norway best country for older people

Norway is the best place to live and grow old, according to a global index measuring the quality of life of elderly people in 96 countries, released this week. READ  

Ødegaard gets ready for another Norway call-up
Martin Ødegaard. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Ødegaard gets ready for another Norway call-up

Norway coach Per-Mathias Høgmo has called up Martin Ødegaard to his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria, it was announced on Monday. READ  

Royksopp say farewell with fifth and final album
Electronic artists from Norway Royskopp perform. Photo: Shutterstock

Royksopp say farewell with fifth and final album

Norwegian electronic artists Royksopp said Monday that they would stop making albums with the release of a final, darker work. READ  

Gas leak brings chaos to Norwegian town

Gas leak brings chaos to Norwegian town

An ammonia leak at a dairy in South-West Norway led to nine people hospitalised and the town centre evacuated on Tuesday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
International
Norway best country for older people
Society
Queen Sonja of Norway's nephew jailed
National
Ex-Norway PM set to become head of Nobel
National
Muslim centre wanted on site of Munch Museum
Seaman Oliver Gee with his first lobster
Lifestyle
How to catch the first lobster of the year
International
Norway to send military staff in fight against IS
National
Father warns Breivik 'more extreme than ever'
Society
Norway's Princess of the Paranormal under fire
National
Four-year-old Norway girl sleepwalks 4km
National
Photo: Baby cliff edge shocker in Norway
Travel
Cruise line offers Northern Lights promise
National
10-tonne shark found dead off Norway coast
Culture
Britney to visit Norway for lingerie launch
International
'If Snowden wins Nobel Prize, arrest him!': MP
Culture
VIDEO: Swim ace does 'Pool Rubik's Challenge'
National
Norwegian man in 7,000 litre 'Ice Truck Challenge'
Society
Norwegian brewery pulls 'fart-smelling' beer
Sport
Ødegaard: Norway's youngest player ever
Features
Meet Norway's raining kings of fashion
National
Miracle cat survives 20 gunshots in Norway
National
Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
National
Norway and Sweden mark 200 years of peace
Culture
Interview: Helene Meldahl, selfie artist
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

313
jobs available