Norway says Islamists still main threat, not the far right

By REUTERS
January 17, 2012 11:45

 
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OSLO - Radical Islam remains the most serious threat faced by Norway despite the attacks by an islamophobe extremist who killed 77 people last summer, the chief of the security police said on Tuesday.

Janne Kristiansen, head of Norway's Police Security Service, said her agency would focus on broad-based dangers from home-grown Islamic extremism even though threats against public officials have risen since the July attacks, which targeted Norway's left wing.

"In recent years we have seen a development in which (Muslim) people raised in Norway become radicalised, and for whom Norway and Norwegian society are the enemy," she told a news conference.

"These people have a lot of contact with extreme Islamists abroad. They travel to training camps in conflict areas and they travel to participate in armed combat before returning to Norway."

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