The Storting is closed – unclear security situation

The Storting is closed – unclear security situation
The Storting is closed – unclear security situation
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Armed police outside the Storting on Wednesday morning. Photo: Paal Audestad

Published: 04/03/2024 10:23 | Updated: 03/04/2024 10:53

The case is updated.

– We can confirm that there is an unresolved security situation. The police are working on the case, says the Storting’s press officer to Aftenposten on the phone.

All employees have been informed that all entrances are closed due to an unclear security situation. No one gets in or out.

The police in Oslo confirm that they have received a threat and that they are responding to it.

PST is also connected.

– We are working to clarify the threat now and work closely with the Oslo police district, says senior adviser and press contact Martin Bernsen in PST to Aftenposten.

To VG, assignment leader Gabriel Langfeldt in the Oslo police says:

– A bomb threat has been received which is aimed at the Storting.

The threat came in social media

Head of the Storting’s security section, Pål Munch, says they do not know what the threat is.

– How has it been registered?

– It was something we picked up on a social medium that the police have reacted to, says the security chief.

He says it is not dangerous to stay at the Storting.

Is it dangerous to be outside the Storting?

– It will only be speculation.

Armed police on site

There are close to ten heavily armed police officers and as many police cars in the area around the Storting. Among other things, they stand in front of the Storting’s main entrance.

Aftenposten’s reporters outside the Storting report that more and more police cars are arriving.

There are also several police officers in civilian clothes, but with police vests on, walking around the area.

It is closed to car traffic around the Storting, but pedestrians are allowed to pass.

Question time goes on as normal

Aftenposten’s reporter who is inside the Storting reports that the Storting’s Question Time is going on as usual and that it is not noticeable in the Storting hall.

Among the participants in the question time are Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl (Sp), Industry Minister Jan Christian Vestre (Ap) and Energy Minister Terje Aasland (Ap).

There is an audience in the gallery inside the parliament hall.

Storting President Masud Gharahkhani (Ap) is also present in the Storting hall while the security situation remains unclear. He keeps checking his phone.
Storting President Masud Gharahkhani (Ap) is also present in the Storting hall while the security situation remains unclear. He keeps checking his phone. Photo: Kjetil Alstadheim

There are no visible security guards in the walking hall either.

Affects public transport

– It is closed around the Storting, including Prinsens gate. Tram lines 11 and 13 are affected, as well as bus lines 30, 31, 70 and 81, says Øystein Dahl Johansen in Ruter.

The tram will not arrive, while the buses are working on detours. Johansen says the Ruter app has been updated with the delays.

The article is in Norwegian

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