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Authorities refused to comment on a Norwegian media report that the July 24 terror alert was triggered by warnings that four Islamic State operatives were on their way to Norway via Greece to commit a major attack. Authorities reportedly said that two Norwegians answer directly to IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi; one is Bastian Vasquez, of Skien, and the other is of African origin and lived in Boerum. A Norwegian man confirmed that Greek authorities stopped a Syrian man with a Norwegian passport from flying to Oslo from Parga, Greece on Aug. 10 because he could not explain why he was flying to Norway from the resort town. Security officials said that as many as 300 Norwegian oil and energy companies were hacked, in the biggest such incident yet in Norway.
Some 5,000 people protested in Oslo against the Islamic State, in a demonstration organized by Norwegian Muslim groups. A government minister said Norway is considering legislation that will revoke the citizenship of Norwegians who seriously damage vital government interests or volunteer to serve in foreign military services.
The head of the PST announced that the terror alert has been lowered, as an attack by Islamist militants from Syria is no longer thought to be imminent. Norwegian counterterrorism experts indicated there was more to the warning than mentioned in the press. Police arrested a second suspect in the attempted murder of an Oslo imam who had spoken out against religious extremists; another suspect, a Norwegian man of Pakistani origin, was arrested on June 30.
Norwegian officials said the recent threat of an imminent terrorist attack has been somewhat reduced, backing off from an earlier warning that terrorists from Syria were already on their way to Norway. A former Danish security official criticized Norway's security agency for being so outspoken about the threat. An ISIS suicide bomber from Norway was identified as Jamel, a Tunisian who immigrated to Norway in 2006 but allegedly returned to Tunisia before dying in a suicide attack in Iraq in June.
Norwegian officials warned that terrorists intent on attacking Norway, possibly on July 28, have already left Syria. Authorities are increasing security around Norway's nuclear facilities, the Jewish Museum in Oslo, and other sites. The Islamic State tweeted about a Norwegian suicide bomber who detonated at an Iraqi military checkpoint in Baghdad on June 2.
The security police warned of a "credible" threat of a terrorist attack within the next few days against targets in Norway by people connected with Islamic extremists in Syria. The attack was reportedly planned in Europe. Security measures have been stepped up, and both the City Hall and the Royal Palace in Oslo were closed to tourists as a precaution. About 50 Norwegians are thought to have traveled to Syria to fight, as have about 40 Finns, and some 80 Swedes are said to have joined jihadist groups in Syria.
A Norwegian fighter was reportedly killed in Syria last week. Police arrested two men linked to last week's arrest of three Norwegians, including two had fought with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Syria; one of the two "witnesses," an Algerian, was let go, but the other, a relative of the two arrested jihadists, was detained. The two jihadist fighters were from the Oslo suburb of Baerum, said to be a growing center of Islamic radicalism in the country.
Norwegian media reported this week that a Somali man who had lived in Norway has been killed fighting in Syria. On May 27 police arrested a Somali and two Kosovans, all Norwegian citizens residing in Oslo, who are suspected of supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The two Kosovans are brothers who reportedly fought in Syria and had a brother who died there. Police are seeking to keep the three in custody for four weeks. At least 50 Norwegians are thought to have traveled to Syria for jihad, and seven have died there, all fighting for the ISIS. Norwegian Islamists in the Prophet's Ummah group advised members to use encrypted chats when talking about the Syrian jihad.
The recent death of Egzon Avdyli, a Norwegian of Albanian descent who was killed fighting alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, was celebrated by Norwegian Islamists as a martyrdom. Mehtab Afsar, Secretary General of the Islamic Council of Norway (IRN), who said he had had talks with Avdyli, advocated talking with extremists rather than denouncing them. Saudi Arabia accused Norway of failing to sufficiently protect its Muslim minority, and said criticizing religions or their prophets should be illegal.
A Norwegian Air Shuttle flight from Denmark to Oslo was forced to land in Sweden while authorities searched for a bomb allegedly placed in the plane's luggage compartment. A suspect, who tried to escape, was arrested for "aircraft sabotage" and the 94 passengers remaining were evacuated along with the six-member crew.
Authorities are investigating claims by Shabaab that the suicide bomber in an attack in Bulo Barde yesterday was a 60-year-old Norwegian national of Somali origin, Abdullahi Ahmed Abdulle. In its latest threat assessment the PST warned that activities of radical Islamists in the Oslofjord area, including radicalization, recruitment, and fundraising, are raising security risks. Officials said over 50 people with "eastern" ties have traveled from Norway to Syria to fight with rebels, and some 40-50 Norwegian nationals in Syria present a terrorist threat to Norway and its interests. In February a Pakistani man from Oslo returned after fighting for two al Qaeda-linked groups in Syria.
The head of Norwegian intelligence expressed concern about the growing threat posed by Norwegian jihadists in Syria. At least 40 or 50 Norwegians, including about a dozen women, are known to have traveled to Syria to fight; they have most often joined extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The intelligence agency's annual threat report also estimated that some 2,000 Europeans have gone to Syria to fight with the rebels.