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Post-terror police to get military aid

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Post-terror police to get military aid
An NH 90 helicopter takes off from the Fridtjof Nansen war ship outside Oslo. File photo: Terje Bendiksby/Scanpix

A new government proposal will make it easier for the Norwegian police to draft back-up from the military, one of the recommendations made in the July 22th report that reviewed failings in the emergency response to the Anders Behring Breivik terror attacks two years ago.

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On Thursday, Norway's government submitted its proposal to the review board.

"The government wants to follow the recommendations from the July 22nd Commission about the armed forces being able to give the police fast and effective help when the police asks," Defence Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen told the NTB news agency.

She added that the new proposal attempted to remove any constitutional barriers to such cooperation in the future. 

"When it come to airborne terror attack, the ministry suggests that it has the power to decided if the armed forces (should respond)," she said. 

The review hearing is scheduled for October 11th. 

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