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Nokas millions used for drugs smuggling

The proceeds of Norway's largest ever bank heist have been used to finance an enormous drugs smuggling network, the country's police now believe.

Nokas millions used for drugs smuggling
Still from Nokas security camera showing David Toska (without red marking) - Guardia Civil / Scanpix
According to Per Annar Holm, Aftenposten's crime correspondent, the two men accused of organising an attempt to smuggle 250kg of hashish from Denmark to Sweden are known accomplices of David Toska and Metkel Betew, the masterminds of the famous robbery of a cash depot run by Norway's Nokas company. 
 
"The police are quite convinced that those who have not been caught for Nokas are making the Nokas money to grow while their friends are in jail," he said. 
 
The organisers of the 2004 heist, which was turned into a film in 2010, got away with 57m kroner ($9m), of which 51m kroner is still missing.  
 
Toska was arrested in Malaga, Spain, in 2005, and was sentenced to 19 years in prison the following year after admitting to his involvement in the robbery. 
 
Police believe that the smugglers who were caught by Danish police in January, outside the Jutland port of Aalbæk, made as many as seven smuggling trips a year to Norway. 
 
The case is coming up for trial in the Danish city of Hjørring in the New Year. 

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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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