terrorism | Norwegian bomb squad destroy device in central Oslo

Norwegian bomb squad destroy device in central Oslo

Suspect held after controlled detonation in Norway's capital, which follows apparent terror attack in Stockholm a day earlier

April 9, 2017 4:23 PM (UTC+8)

Norwegian police set off a controlled explosion of a “bomb-like device” found in central Oslo on Saturday, a suspect is being held in custody, and the security services have taken over the investigation, authorities said.

A Reuters reporter described a loud bang shortly after the arrival of Oslo’s bomb squad.

“The noise from the blast was louder than our explosives themselves would cause,” a police spokesman said, while adding that further investigation would be conducted at the scene.

The device appeared to be capable of causing only a limited amount of damage, police said earlier.

Police declined to give information about the suspect.

Norway’s police security service, PST, said in a tweet it had taken over the investigation.

Oslo’s Groenland area, a multiethnic neighborhood that is home to popular bars and restaurants as well as several mosques, is also where the city’s main police station is located, less than a kilometer away from where the device was found.

In Sweden, a truck on Friday plowed into crowds in Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15 in what police said was an apparent terror attack.

In 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik set off a car bomb in Oslo that killed eight people and destroyed Norway’s government headquarters, before going on a shooting rampage that killed 69 people at nearby Utoeya island.