Man arrested in Oslo over parliament threats

A Norwegian reported to be a far-rightist was arrested Wednesday after threats forced police to cordon off public buildings in Oslo where memories remain vivid of bloody attacks in July 2011.

Man arrested in Oslo over parliament threats
Photo: Harvey Barrison

The man, said by police to be aged around 20, was arrested after a bus driver heard him late on Tuesday make threatening statements on the phone, implying he might attack the parliament building.

Police cordoned off the parliament and Oslo town hall from Tuesday night until the man was arrested at midday Wednesday.

The suspect was not named but Norwegian media said he was a 27-year-old with links to the far-right Norwegian Defence League.

"This person is known by our services," an Oslo police spokesman, Johan Fredriksen, told a news conference. "He has already made threats in the past."

The police said they had found a jacket – without saying whether it was bullet-proof – along with a gas pistol and a bag full of clothes.

The spokesman said the vigorous response by the authorities was justified by vigilance needed nearly 18 months after Anders Behring Breivik killed a
total of 77 people on July 22, 2011.

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Norway mosque shooter ‘has admitted the facts’: Police

A Norwegian man suspected of killing his step sister and opening fire in a mosque near Oslo last weekend, has admitted to the crimes though he has not officially entered a plea, police said on Friday.

Norway mosque shooter 'has admitted the facts': Police
Philip Manshaus appears in court on August 12. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Philip Manshaus, 21, was remanded in custody Monday, suspected of murder and a “terrorist act” that police say he filmed himself committing.
Answering police questions on Friday, “the suspect admits the facts but has not taken a formal position as to the charges,” Oslo police official Pal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby said in a statement.
Manshaus is suspected of murdering his 17-year-old step sister Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, before entering the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb and opening fire before he was overpowered by a 65-year-old man.
Just three worshippers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious injuries.
Manshaus appeared in court this week with two black eyes and scrapes and bruises to his face, neck and hands.
Police have said he has “extreme right views” and “xenophobic positions” and that he had filmed the mosque attack with a camera mounted on a helmet. He had initially denied the accusations.
The incident came amid a rise in white supremacy attacks around the world, including the recent El Paso massacre in the United States.
Norway witnessed one of the worst-ever attacks by a rightwing extremist in July 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik, who said he feared a “Muslim invasion”, killed 77 people in a truck bomb blast near government offices in Oslo and a shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utøya.