The intelligence services in Norway today confirmed that it has received information about an imminent “concrete threat” in the Scandinavian country on behalf of Syrian Islamists who plan to carry out a large-scale terror attack there.
Benedicte Bjoernland, who runs the Norwegian security service PST, said the agency had received “reliable information” from a foreign partner about some kind of attack “within days.”
Bjoerland spoke to reporters about the imminent terror threat:
“It was unspecific about what the target might be, making it very hard for Norwegian authorities and law enforcement to know where the alleged attack might take place.”
She simply added that the terrorists who may intend to carry out the attack are with a rebel group of fighters from Syria.
The PST says that around 50 people travelled to Syria from Norway to fight there, half of whom have now returned to Norway, prompting the terror threat. As the PST does not seem to know much about the threat, they did not release any further details.
The threat of a terror attack in Norway has been echoed in the U.K. where as many as 1,500 British Muslims answered calls from fighters in Syria and Iraq to join them in battle.
David Cameron in Britain had previously warned of British Jihadists returning to the U.K. after fighting in Syria and Iraq, noting they are “the most serious threat to Britain’s security there is today.”
Back in April, the Metropolitan Police issued a plea for people to come forward with information about their family members if they were concerned about them joining terrorist training camps in Syria.
And in the first half of this year, former schoolboy Abdul Raqib Amin, now 26, from Aberdeen, Scotland, was filmed alongside fellow British extremists Reyaad Khan and Nasser Muthana urging other Muslims to fight for ISIS in the Middle East.
It remains to be seen if the PST’s information is correct about an imminent terrorist attack in Norway as law enforcement increases security levels in the country.
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