Suspicious package in Oslo car was not dangerous: police

Police barriers have been lifted after a suspicious package found in a car in Oslo was found not to be dangerous.

Suspicious package in Oslo car was not dangerous: police
An illustration photo showing cars parked on an Oslo street. File photo: AFP

The package was reported to police earlier this afternoon after being spotted in a car in the Tåsen area of the city, NTB reports.

Police barriers in the area have now been lifted.

Just after 4pm on Monday, police confirmed that bomb experts had assessed the objet and concluded it was not dangerous.

That came around two hours after an alert was raised by a passer-by who was concerned about the suspicious appearance of an object in a car parked on Pastor Fangens vei.

“A patrol was sent out to check and discovered something in the car which we do not wish to release further details of at this time. But a bomb disposal team is at the scene,” operation leader Line Skott of Oslo Police told NTB.

An area of around 200 metres’ radius from the car was cordoned off and residents in the area were sent SMS messages by police advising them of the situation.

Skott said around 1,800 people live in the area in question, but added she could not say how many were in the area at the time of evacuation.

Police also confirmed via Twitter the investigation of the car and subsequent lifting of the cordon.

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Norwegian police end emergency carrying of arms

The temporary arming of all police in Norway, ordered after an attack in Kongsberg left five dead, ended on Friday morning. 

Police in Norway will no longer be armed after the temporary order was dropped. Pictured is a police van in Oslo.
Police in Norway will no longer be armed after the temporary order was dropped. Pictured is a police van in Oslo. Photo by David Hall on Flickr.

The order for all police in Norway to be armed following an attack in Kongsberg last week was lifted on Friday morning. 

The police said in a statement Friday that, based on the information it had received from police security service PST, there was no longer any basis for maintaining the national armament order. 

“Norwegian police are basically unarmed in daily service, with firearms being stored in police vehicles, and police can be armed in connection with specific missions when needed. In that sense, we are now moving to a normal situation,” Tone Vangen, emergency preparedness director for the police, said in a statement

The police had been armed since last Wednesday following the incident in Kongsberg where Danish citizen Espen Andersen Bråthen killed five with an undisclosed sharp object and shot at police with a bow and arrow.

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

Police said earlier this week that the victims were chosen at random. The Danish citizen was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, which is necessary to determine whether Bråthen can be held legally responsible for his actions.

The 37-year-old had previously announced publicly that he had converted to Islam and police initially reported that there had been fears of radicalisation. 

But police later said that mental illness was to be considered the primary motive for the attack. 

 “As far as motive is concerned, illness remains the main hypothesis. And as far as conversion to Islam is concerned, this hypothesis is weakened,” police inspector Per Thomas Omholt said to reporters earlier this week.