Norway police neutralise ‘bomb-like’ device near subway station, arrest suspect

Norway was put on high alert after neighbouring Sweden suffered a truck attack in the capital that killed four people and injured 15

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 April, 2017, 10:38am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 April, 2017, 11:11pm

Police in the Norwegian capital of Oslo said they neutralised an explosive device found in a busy area of downtown Oslo late Saturday night and said they had arrested a suspect.

Police Chief Vidar Pedersen confirmed that the device, initially described as “bomb-like,” was an explosive. The police Twitter account said it had been defused or neutralised.

Police would not give any details about the suspect, or further information about the device.

Pederson said the device was found on the street just outside the Groenland underground station, and police swept through the area to remove people from bars and restaurants.

“Every restaurant was being closed,” said 23-year-old Malin Myrvold, who witnessed the scene from a fourth-storey window.

“You could see cops in heavy armour going in every store and restaurant.

“We were trying to see what was going on. The police were screaming at us to get back inside and stay where we were,” she added by telephone.

Norway was put on high alert after neighbouring Sweden suffered a truck attack in the capital that killed four people and injured 15. The suspect in Friday’s attack, a 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan, has been arrested.

The Uzbek man detained on suspicion of carrying out the attack expressed sym­pathy for Islamic State (IS) and was wanted for failing to comply with a deportation order, Swedish police said yesterday.

“We know that the suspect had expressed sympathy for extremist organisations, among them IS,” said Jonas Hysing, chief of national police operations.

Sweden’s prosecution authority said a second person had been arrested in connection with the attack on suspicion of having committed a terrorist offence through murder.

Additional reporting by Reuters

The Norwegian incident happened less than a mile from the government buildings that were damaged in a deadly bomb attack carried out by right wing extremist Anders Breivik in 2011. That bomb and a subsequent gun massacre killed a total of 77 people.

Additional reporting by Reuters