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Norway to bring in armed police at Oslo airport

Staff Writer | November 10, 2017
Norway’s government has confirmed that police at Oslo’s Gardemoen Airport are to be armed.
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Europe   "This initiative is necessary"
Minister for justice and security Per-Willy Amundsen confirmed the government’s stance on Thursday, reports VG.

"The National Police Directorate [Politidirektorate] has asked to be armed and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security has agreed to temporary armament at Oslo Airport. The armament will initially apply for three months,” Amundsen said, The Local reports.

Dag Falk-Petersen, director of Oslo Airport’s operating company Avinor, told broadcaster NRK that global threat levels required armed police at all of Norway’s major airports.

“Gardemoen is obviously key, but we think the police should be armed at all of our largest airports,” Falk-Petersen said.

Chief of Police Steven Hasseldal, though not a supporter of armed police in Norway in general, will implement the measure at Oslo’s airport as soon as possible and possible by as soon as Friday, reports VG.

“This initiative is necessary in order to avoid and limit potential terror attacks at Gardemoen,” he said.