PST: Was familiar with the accused from earlier

PST held a press release on Thursday about the killings in Kongsberg.

– We work to assist the South-East police district, opened PST chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold.

– There is no doubt that the act itself appears to be a terrorist act, he says.

It is previously known that the police have received reports of concern for Espen Andersen Bråthen (37), who is charged with murder. Now PST confirms that they are familiar with the 37-year-old.

– This is information we contribute to the South-East police district, says Sjøvold.

When asked if they followed up the information, and had a specific action against Bråthen, PST answers vaguely.

– We were familiar with the person in question, how it was followed up, we share with the South-East police district, says head of counter-terrorism in PST Are Christian Haugstøyl.

They will not provide further information about what kind of information, or how they received this information.

HOME ADDRESS: The police have conducted investigations in Bråthen’s home. Photo: Frode Sunde

Checks if others are motivated

PST is now working to map out whether Bråthen has a network, or whether he can inspire others.

– Of course, we are also working to find out if this can inspire others to carry out terror. This is something we have a great focus on now. But at the moment we can not say that we register anything like this, says PST chief Sjøvold.

The police have arrested and charged Espen Andersen Bråthen (37) for the murders in Kongsberg. He is not currently charged with terrorism.

Bråthen admits to having committed the murders. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

CRIME TECHNIQUES: The police worked on Thursday at the place where Bråthen was arrested.

CRIME TECHNIQUES: The police worked on Thursday at the place where Bråthen was arrested. Photo: Frode Sunde

No change in the threat picture

PST is responsible for continuously assessing the threat to Norway. They believe it is not a change, despite what happened in Kongsberg.

– It is our assessment that what happened in Kongsberg yesterday does not lead to changes in the current threat picture, says Haugstøyl.

– The threat picture is still considered moderate. It is still possible that extreme Islamists and right-wing extremists will try to carry out terrorist attacks in Norway. PST is considering the most likely scenario of an Islamist attack, he says.

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