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Oslo bans Apple’s mapping drones

Oslo has barred Apple from taking ultra-high resolution aerial photographs which would have allowed users to virtually fly over the city, viewing its streets in unprecedented detail.

Oslo bans Apple's mapping drones
An Apple 'flyover' of London's Whitehall
 
The US technology giant has built up a fleet of military grade spy drones to take the footage, and has already shot most of the world's capitals, including London, Paris, Rome, Stockholm and Copenhagen. 
 
But Norwegian authorities have refused to give permission to launch the drones, arguing photographing the city in so much detail represents a security risk. 
 
"We do not want it to be shot with such a high degree of precision that it could be used to identify areas that require special shielding," Øyvind Mandt of the National Security Authority (NSM) told Aftenposten.  "Photographs with this level of detail would provide information about safety measures that it is not desirable becomes available." 
 
Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang, after lobbying from the US embassy, has written to Defence Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen asking her to reconsider.  
 

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Kongsberg attacker killed victims with ‘sharp object’

Norwegian police said Monday that the five victims of last week's attack were killed by a "sharp object" used by the suspect, not a bow and arrows.

The Kongsberg attacker is said to have killed five people with sharp objects. Pictured is police tape from a separate incident.
The Kongsberg attacker is said to have killed five people with sharp objects. Pictured is police tape from a separate incident. Photo by Søren Storm Hansen on Flickr.

“At some point he discarded or lost his bow and arrows,” police inspector Per Thomas Omholt told reporters.

He said that during the attack on Wednesday the suspect killed “five people with a sharp object both in private addresses and in public spaces”.

Police, who had previously said that the suspect Espen Andersen Brathen was armed with a bow and arrows and two other weapons, did not specify the nature of the sharp weapons, adding that they were still interviewing witnesses.

“Everything points to the victims being selected at random,” Omholt said.

According to the police, more than 10 people were also shot at with arrows at the start of the attack, but none were killed with this weapon.

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During police questioning, Brathen has confessed to the killings and to wounding three others.

The 37-year-old Danish citizen has announced publicly that he is a convert to Islam and initially police reported that there had been fears of radicalisation.

He is however being kept in a medical facility pending a psychiatric evaluation, which is necessary to determine whether Brathen can be held legally responsible for his actions.

“As far as motive is concerned, illness remains the main hypothesis. And as far as conversion to Islam is concerned, this hypothesis is weakened,” Omholt added.

On Saturday, police announced the identities of the five victims, four women and one man: Andrea Meyer, 52, Hanne Merethe Englund, 56, Liv Berit Borge, 75, Gunnar Erling Sauve, 75 and Gun Marith Madsen, 78.

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