Police in Norway will continue to be armed for the foreseeable future, the Norwegian Police Directorate announced yesterday.
It was announced that police in Norway be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, which left two dead and 21 injured last week.
Yesterday, Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service, PST, lowered the terrorist threat level from extraordinary to high- the second-highest level.
“The threat level in Norway has changed from extraordinary, to high, according to PST. The danger of follow-up actions or inspired attacks means that the police will continue to be temporarily armed,” the Police Directorate wrote on its website.
The police said that PST had widened the threat picture from LGBT groups to other broader targets.
“PST maintains that LGBTQI + is still included in the target picture, but also people and events that are perceived to offend Islam, religious gatherings and uniformed personnel from the police and defence,” the police said on its website.
Police also dropped the advice that Pride and LGBT events across the country be postponed. The recommendation was implemented due to a fear of copycat attacks from PST.
Decisions on whether it was safe for events to go ahead would be made by local authorities going forward.
“A national recommendation to postpone Pride events expires. The police districts will themselves make risk assessments related to individual events and handling of large crowds based on the overall threat picture and local conditions,” police director Benedicte Bjørnland said.