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Syrian teen arrested in Norway for plotting attack

The suspect has been living in Oslo for several years [AFP]

Date of publication: 5 February, 2021

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A Syrian immigrant suspected of planning an attack in Oslo was arrested by Norway's intelligence service.

Norway's intelligence service said Friday it had arrested a 16-year-old Syrian immigrant suspected of planning an attack on an undisclosed target.

The suspect, who was arrested on Thursday, has been living in Oslo for several years and had begun preparations to carry out his attack, a spokesman for the PST service told AFP.

"He is suspected of plotting an attack. It's more serious than the usual cases of participation in or attempted participation in a terrorist organisation," Trond Hugubakken said.

An Oslo court on Friday ordered the teen held in custody for two weeks following a closed-door hearing.

Court documents indicated that the suspect had procured "dangerous materials".

No details were provided on the intended target which, according to information provided to AFP, was in Norway.

"He claims he is innocent and will ask to be released. His age is not compatible with a detention order," the suspect's lawyer Andreas Berg Fevang told AFP.

According to the VG newspaper, the teen is an Islamic State group supporter who came to Norway as part of a family reunification.

"In recent years we have seen youngsters, including kids as young as 13 or 14, being radicalised in both far-right circles and radical Islamist circles," Hugubakken said.

"It's a worrying trend."

The PST did not exclude further arrests.

Also on Friday, Norwegian police charged a 30-year-old Norwegian woman of Pakistani origin who was repatriated last year from Syria's Al-Hol camp for humanitarian reasons, with participating in a terrorist organisation.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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