Bomb threat against the Storting

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STORTINGET (Dagbladet): A large area around the Storting was closed off on Wednesday morning after two threats against the National Assembly.

Everyone, except employees of the Storting, was prevented from leaving or entering the Storting.

Dagbladet first reported on the incident at 10.20 today. At 12 o’clock the whole of Eidsvolls plass was cordoned off, while the police’s explosive disposal units with dogs searched the area. The police have reported that it is a bomb threat.

PERSONNEL: The police have sent large forces to the Storting on Wednesday morning. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet
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This message, posted on the social media 4chan on Tuesday afternoon, is one of the threats that led to the operation, according to Aftenposten:

“Don’t go to Parliament at 10 a.m. tomorrow,” wrote a user on the website 4Chan at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

The comment is given in a thread on the forum under the topic “Støres Norge” with an illustration. About three hours after the original message, the alleged threat has arrived. The Storting must have forwarded this to the police.

THREAT: Head of security at the Storting, Pål Munck, confirms to Aftenposten that one threat was sent on 4chan. Photo: Screenshot 4chan
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Two threats to the Storting

The police’s task leader Sven Bjelland says at 12.30 that the barriers will be removed around the Storting. The police believe it is safe to travel in the area, and that it is also considered safe at the Storting.

Bjelland says that the police know who made the one threat and that they have control over that person.

– But we don’t know who made the other threat, he says.

Both threats are said to have been made on Tuesday, but the police only became aware of one of them today, which led to the action around the Storting.

– Troubled situation

He says the threats have come through different channels and are of different nature. Bjelland refers to the second threat as more credible than the first and that it is “assessed differently”.

– The second threat means that we are standing here today and reacted as we did, he says.

The task leader does not want to confirm to Dagbladet that the threat on 4chan is one of those the police have investigated.

The police will not go into detail about the threat, for fear of inspiring others.

UNDER THREAD: The threat was made in a thread that started with this illustration of

UNDER THREAD: The threat was made in a thread that started with this illustration of “Støres Norge”. The illustration originally comes from the computer game “Heroes of Might and Magic 3”. Screenshot: 4chan
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– Last night, the Storting received an email with a threat. It was judged not to be real. Subsequently, a new threat has been received: It came to the Oslo police shortly before 10.00 a.m. today. It doesn’t say much, but is presented in such a way that we can’t just say it’s nonsense. What we are working on is securing the area, Bjelland said earlier this morning.

SEARCHED WITH DOGS: The police say they are now securing the area and working to understand whether the threat to the Storting is real. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet

SEARCHED WITH DOGS: The police say they are now securing the area and working to understand whether the threat to the Storting is real. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet
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Dagbladet first reported on the “unclear security situation” at the Storting at 10.20 on Wednesday afternoon, when a message had gone out to representatives at the Storting. This means that the police took action just minutes after the threat became known today.

Bjelland says that they “must take into account” that the two threats are unrelated and that such threats are usually not real.

ENTRANCES CLOSED: Armed police stand outside the Storting on Wednesday morning. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet

ENTRANCES CLOSED: Armed police stand outside the Storting on Wednesday morning. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet
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The incident leader says that the police will still be on the scene to ensure that there is no longer any danger – but emphasizes that there is no danger to the population of Oslo.

– We have no indications that it is dangerous to stay inside the Storting, writes the administration in its latest SMS to all employees and politicians.

LARGE POLICE CALL: The police are patrolling the streets around the Storting on Wednesday morning. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet

LARGE POLICE CALL: The police are patrolling the streets around the Storting on Wednesday morning. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet
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– Examining the content

Mission leader Gabriel Langfeldt confirmed to Dagbladet just before 11 o’clock that it was a bomb threat:

– The police are on site to ensure the security of the Storting, and in parallel we are working to investigate the content of the bomb threat. We are on site with several patrols to secure the Storting and prevent any incidents, he said.

He stated that they had no information indicating that there is a danger to others:

– We are working to investigate the content, who has made these threats and to what extent they are true or not.

GRAND VIEW: The police are also stationed at the clock tower at the Grand Hotel, which is close to the Stortinget. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet

GRAND VIEW: The police are also stationed at the clock tower at the Grand Hotel, which is close to the Stortinget. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet
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Security officer: Posted on social media

Heavily armed police stood outside the Storting building on Wednesday morning. In addition, there were several ambulances and fire engines at the Slottsplassen and the National Theater respectively.

– There is an unclear security situation. We have received information that there may be a threat to the Storting. It is an undefinable threat that the police have responded to. Beyond that, I don’t know what the threat is, said the security officer at the Storting, Pål Munck, to Dagbladet.

PREVENTION: The police say they are present outside the Storting to prevent any incidents as a result of the threat. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet

PREVENTION: The police say they are present outside the Storting to prevent any incidents as a result of the threat. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet
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He explained that the police were sent something that had been written on a social medium, which they take seriously.

Munck added that they had good control of the situation inside the Storting and cooperated closely with the police.

BLOCKED OFF: Red tape has been set up around the Storting. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet

BLOCKED OFF: Red tape has been set up around the Storting. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet
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PST: – Cooperate

At 10.30, all members of the audience were told to leave the parliament hall. PST also confirmed that they were aware of the situation:

– We cooperate with the Oslo police district and assist them when necessary, said communication adviser in PST, Eirik Veum, to Dagbladet.

– I think bomb threats are stupid. Now the police are doing what they have to do, Erna Solberg told Dagbladet as she entered the Storting just after 11.00 on Wednesday.

NOT CLOSED YET? The Storting's administration says that all entrances are closed, but at 11 o'clock former Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg strolled into the Storting. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet

NOT CLOSED YET? The Storting’s administration says that all entrances are closed, but at 11 o’clock former Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg strolled into the Storting. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet
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AP politician: – Very unpleasant

Marianne Sivertsen Næss is a representative of the Labor Party in the Storting.

– It’s very uncomfortable. I have to honestly admit that, she told Dagbladet on Tuesday morning.

She said that they had not received any confirmation regarding the bomb threat, but that the democratic work should continue for the time being.

– We are experiencing a disturbance now, but I have confidence that those who look after our security are doing their job in a good way. I can’t understand that something like this has happened before. It is an attack on democracy and it is serious.

The article is in Norwegian

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