Norway arrests men over suspected plot

Local media said information came from the United States, accusing them of "connection to Al-Qaeda."

Norway arrests men over suspected plot

Norwegian police arrested three men on Thursday suspected of "planning attacks and having links to al Qaeda" and to people under investigation in the United States and Britain.

One of the men was a 39-year-old Norwegian citizen of Uighur origin, another was a 37-year-old Iraqi citizen, and the third was a 31-year-old Uzbek citizen. The Iraqi and the Uzbek both had permanent residency in Norway.

Local media said information came from the United States, accusing them of "connection to Al-Qaeda."

Janne Kristiansen, head of the Police Security Service (PST), told a news conference the three were arrested for "planning a terrorist strike".

"We believe this group has had links to people abroad who can be linked to al Qaeda, and to people who are involved in investigations in other countries, among others the United States and Britain," she said.

Norwegian police said two of the men were arrested in the Oslo region while a third one was arrested in Germany in cooperation with German police.

"The PST has today ... apprehended three individuals suspected of having prepared terrorist acts," it said in a statement.

She did not say which country was the target of the alleged attack.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Temmuz 2010, 16:45

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