Men affiliated to terrorist organisation have been arrested Norway, Bulgaria

Men affiliated to terrorist organisation have been arrested Norway, Bulgaria

Men affiliated to terrorist organisation have been arrested Norway, Bulgaria
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According to Norway’s internal security service, two individuals were detained in Norway and Bulgaria for “expressing sympathy” for Al-Qaeda through “internet-based operations.”

According to Thomas Blom, a prosecutor with the agency known by its abbreviation PST, one suspect was detained in Oslo and the other — described as a Norwegian student — was brought into prison in Bulgaria as part of a coordinated effort in the early hours of Tuesday. The males have a family link, according to Norwegian media.

Prior to his trial, the suspect in Norway was ordered to be kept for two weeks. He hasn’t been named yet.

According to Blom, the arrest in Bulgaria was made on the basis of a European arrest order issued by the prosecution authorities in Norway, where an investigation had already begun.

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Bulgarian officials have verified the arrest of a Norwegian citizen who is being investigated in Norway on suspicion of being a member of a terrorist group, planning a terrorist attack, and encouraging terrorism.

The suspect was apprehended in the southern city of Stara Zagora, according to the prosecutor’s office in Sofia.

The suspect had pushed terrorist activities inside and outside of Europe in online messages before and after landing in Bulgaria, according to the Bulgarian national security service, and had maintained strong online contacts with other radicalized persons.

Bulgarian authorities said they believe no terrorist acts were planned to be carried out in Bulgaria or that a terrorist cell was being set up in the country, the prosecutor’s office said.

Blom who declined to give details on the Oslo suspect said he expects the man arrested in Bulgaria to be extradited to Norway soon.

Speaking to VG newspaper, Per Zimmer, a court-appointed defense lawyer for the suspect arrested in Norway, offered no details about the case other than to say that his client insists he’s innocent and that he hasn’t been a part of a terror organization.

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