Norway has raised the high alert level after an explosive device was found near an underground station in central Oslo. The “bomb-shaped device”, which was about 30cm wide, was declared safe by police after it was found on Saturday night. It is assumed the object had been skilled of causing only a limited amount of loss.
A 17-year-old asylum-seeker from Russia has been taken into police custody in connection with the event. He was arrested by the police on the on doubt of dealing with explosives, said prosecutors. He was already on the radar of police and other intelligence agencies and was supposedly part of “extreme Islamism” rings in Norway.
Norwegian security service is working on discovering his intentions and finding out the involvement of other related links in the same.” said chief prosecutor Signe Aaling.PST head Benedicte Bjornland also mentioned that it is note evident whether the suspect was acting alone or has some linkages .
With reference to other terror activities in Europe, she mentioned: “It is possible that attacks in France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and Sweden can create a similar effect in Norway with people with Islamic sympathies. The teenager has not been recognized publicly but it is known he arrived in the country with his family in 2010.
A big part of the Norwegian capital was shut off after Saturday’s security alert.
Investigators said the explosive was found outside Groenland underground station, and police officers got the place evacuated immediately.