Norway Says Terror Threat, Attack Likely Over Next 12 Months

Intelligence services in Norway said it’s “likely” that Islamic terrorists will try to target police or military officials and politicians in the Nordic country over the next 12 months.

“The situation has escalated in recent months,” the Oslo-based Police Security Service said in a statement today. “In September, ISIL published a speech where the terror group encouraged its followers to carry out attacks in all countries that are part of the U.S.-led alliance against ISIL.”

The warning follows an alert in July when the police said Norway could be the target of a terrorist attack within days by combatants returning from the conflict in Syria. That threat level was later downgraded after a massive mobilization of police across Norway, which included beefed up security at the royal palace and shopping centers.

Police estimated in July that about 50 people seen as posing a threat have left Norway to fight in Syria, and about half of those had returned. Norway last month agreed to send about 120 soldiers, including special forces, to help fight the Islamic State, the al-Qaeda breakaway group that has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq.

“It’s not an alternative to allow ISIL and other terror groups to establish sustained and strong organizations given the consequences that could have for the local population and for our own security,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg said in parliament today. “A stable development in Afghanistan and Iraq is also about our own security.”

The warning in July also came just two days after the country marked the third anniversary of Anders Behring Breivik’s massacre of 77 people, most of them teenagers linked to the Labor Party that was in government at the time.

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