Armed police patrolling the terminal building of Norway's main international airport at Gardermoen outside of Oslo. Photo: Audun Braastad / NTB scanpix
Armed police patrolling the terminal building of Norway's main international airport at Gardermoen outside of Oslo. Photo: Audun Braastad / NTB scanpix

Imminent terror threat against Norway

Norway's intelligence service said Thursday it has received information about an imminent «concrete threat» against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

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Benedicte Bjørnland, the head of Norwegian security service PST, said the agency has received «reliable information» from a foreign partner about some kind of attack «within days.» She declined to identify the source.

«It was unspecific about what the target might be,» Bjørnland said, adding PST has no information about how or when such an attack would take place.

According to PST's assessment last month, about 50 people have traveled to Syria from Norway as foreign fighters, half of whom have now returned to Norway.

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen, PST director Benedicte Bjørnland and acting National police chief Vidar Refvik at a news conference on Thursday. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix
Justice Minister Anders Anundsen, PST director Benedicte Bjørnland and acting National police chief Vidar Refvik at a news conference on Thursday. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

The domestic intelligence agency could not exclude that people involved with the threat already were in Norway.

Bjørnland told a news conference authorities hoped a terror act could be averted by going public with the information.

National Police chief Vidar Refvik said law enforcement would be more visible at border crossings, airports and train stations but reiterated the threat was vague about a target.

The greatest terror threat in Norway comes from Islamic extremists in and around Oslo, PST said in an April assessment.

It was unclear whether Thursday's case was linked to the May arrest of three Norwegian citizens with alleged links to an al-Qaida splinter group on preliminary charges of supporting or participating in a terror organization.

Earlier this month, the United States put Norwegian citizen Anders Cameroon Østensvig Dale on a terrorism blacklist. He also faces terrorism charges under Norwegian law.

One of the gunmen in the 2013 shopping mall assault in Nairobi, Kenya, was a Norwegian citizen.

Norway is still recovering from the 2011 attack by far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 69 people in a shooting spree at a political youth camp, and eight others in a bombing of government headquarters.

(Associated Press)