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Norway on alert over feared 'terrorist' attack

Published on Jul 24, 2014 5:03 PM
(From left) Mr Anders Anundsen, Norway's minister of justice and public security, Ms Benedicte Bjoernland, head of the Police Security Service, PST, and Mr Vidar Refvik, head of the police force, hold a news conference in Oslo on July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

OSLO (AFP) - Norway has taken exceptional security measures after being informed of a possible imminent "terrorist attack" by militants who have fought in Syria, the country's intelligence chief said Thursday.

The move comes as concerns are mounting in Europe about the growing national security threat posed by jihadists returning from war-torn Syria.

The domestic intelligence service (PST) "recently received information that a group of extremists from Syria may be planning a terrorist attack in Norway," said PST chief Benedicte Bjoernland, adding it could be a question of days.

The threat is "non-specific" but "credible", said Bjoernland. Neither the eventual target, nor the identity of the militants, nor their location are known, she added.

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