‘Bomb-like device’ found in Oslo city centre as teenage asylum seeker, 17, from Russia is arrested

Sunday, April 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

An explosive device was found near a busy subway station in Norway’s capital
The youth was detained on Sunday on suspicion of handling explosives
Police Chief said device was found outside the Groenland underground station
Officers swept through the area to remove people from bars and restaurants

9 April 2017

A 17-year-old asylum seeker from Russia was arrested on Sunday in connection with a ‘bomb-like device’ that has been found and neutralized in the centre of Oslo.

The device was found late on Saturday near a busy underground station in Norway’s capital and was defused before it detonated, authorities said.

The youth was detained on suspicion of handling explosives, but investigators do not know if he planned to carry out an attack with the homemade device, Signe Aaling, chief prosecutor for Norway’s security service, said.

Police Chief Vidar Pedersen confirmed that the device, initially described as ‘bomb-like,’ was an explosive. The police Twitter account said it had been defused or neutralized.

The police bomb squad said the device was about 1ft (30cm) wide and had appeared capable of causing only a limited amount of damage.

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