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Police find millions of kroner buried in woods

Police in south-eastern Norway have found millions of kroner buried in the woods almost a year after four masked robbers intercepted a cash transport vehicle near Skedsmo.

Police find millions of kroner buried in woods
Photo: Politiet

The thieves made off with some ten million kroner ($1.7 million) in the cash-in-transit heist last October, almost half of which has now been recovered, newspaper Romerikes Blad reports.

Four investigators from the Romerike police district recently accompanied one of the men charged in connection with the robbery to a remote part of a forest in Østfold County.

There he showed the officers where the cash was hidden. Divided up in small plastic bags, tin foil, compost bags, and plastic buckets, the loot had all been put into a black bin bag and buried in the woods.

“Our aim has always been to find the money,” prosecutor Bjørn Erik Pettersen told the newspaper.

“We know from previous robberies that the loot is often reinvested in new criminality, which is why the hunt for the money has been important.”

Police have long known that much of the cash in the Skedsmo raid remained unspent but did not know where it had been stashed.

“We also know that parts of the booty have been invested or used up,” said Pettersen.

Seven people have so far been charged in the case. Alongside the four suspected robbers, a further accomplice and two of the Nokas security guards travelling in the cash transport van have also been indicted.

Several of the suspects have admitted to involvement in the raid.

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Two more arrested for suspected involvement in Oslo Pride shooting

Norwegian police said Monday they had arrested two alleged accomplices of the suspect in a June shooting that killed two people in Oslo on the sidelines of Pride celebrations.

Two more arrested for suspected involvement in Oslo Pride shooting

The two suspects were arrested on Sunday in Oslo suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”, the Oslo police said in a statement.

One is a Somali man in his forties, the other a Norwegian in his thirties — both of them known to police. Their identities were not disclosed.

In the early hours of June 25, a man opened fire near a gay bar in central Oslo during celebrations linked to the city’s Pride festival.

The shooting killed two men, aged 54 and 60, and wounded 21 others. Immediately after the shooting, police arrested Zaniar Matapour, a
43-year-old Norwegian of Iranian origin, on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

The new arrests bring the number of people implicated in the attack to four, as Norwegian police announced last week they were seeking another suspect linked to the shooting.

On Friday, Oslo police announced that they had issued an international arrest warrant for Arfan Qadeer Bhatti, a 45-year-old Islamist with a prior conviction, who is also suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”.

“The police still believes Bhatti is in Pakistan,” a country with which Norway has no extradition agreement, police said Monday.

“To ensure the best possible cooperation with the Pakistani authorities, we had Oslo police officers in Pakistan a short time ago,” it added.

According to police, they have not yet had direct contact with Arfan Bhatti but have spoken to his Norwegian lawyer, Svein Holden, and say they expect the legal proceedings in Pakistan to take time.

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