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Police in nationwide child-porn raids

Norwegian police have raided 19 locations and made an unknown number of arrests as part of a Europe-wide operation to stem the spread of child porn.

Norwegian white-collar crimes unit, Kripos, confirmed for The Local that police were acting in concert with their European counterparts. Together, they followed the lead offered by Internet Protocol, or IP addresses where the illegal and harmful material had been shared.

Devices identified by their IPs were confiscated in the raids, and in Sweden at least, 12 arrests were known to have been made. Dwellings in both countries were ransacked, while computers, storage devices and media were seized.

In Norway, 13 precincts were in action as part of a program called CIRCAMP, or Cospol Internet Related Child Abusive Material Projekt.

The exact number of arrests made in Norway had not been made public by early Thursday, and police could not confirm the raids were over.

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Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Norwegian police will continue to be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, but the advice for Pride events nationwide to be postponed has been scrapped, the Police Directorate announced Wednesday. 

Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Police in Norway will continue to be armed for the foreseeable future, the Norwegian Police Directorate announced yesterday. 

It was announced that police in Norway be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, which left two dead and 21 injured last week

Yesterday, Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service, PST, lowered the terrorist threat level from extraordinary to high- the second-highest level. 

“The threat level in Norway has changed from extraordinary, to high, according to PST. The danger of follow-up actions or inspired attacks means that the police will continue to be temporarily armed,” the Police Directorate wrote on its website

The police said that PST had widened the threat picture from LGBT groups to other broader targets. 

“PST maintains that LGBTQI + is still included in the target picture, but also people and events that are perceived to offend Islam, religious gatherings and uniformed personnel from the police and defence,” the police said on its website. 

Police also dropped the advice that Pride and LGBT events across the country be postponed. The recommendation was implemented due to a fear of copycat attacks from PST. 

Decisions on whether it was safe for events to go ahead would be made by local authorities going forward. 

“A national recommendation to postpone Pride events expires. The police districts will themselves make risk assessments related to individual events and handling of large crowds based on the overall threat picture and local conditions,” police director Benedicte Bjørnland said. 

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