Norway police neutralize explosive device, arrest suspect

Norway police neutralize explosive device, arrest suspect
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Norway’s police have defused an explosive device found near a busy subway station in the capital and arrested a suspect.

The discovery of the explosive Saturday night brought police to evacuate late night bars and restaurants.

Police Chief Vidar Pedersen confirmed that the device, initially described as “bomb-like,” was an explosive. The police Twitter account said it had been defused or neutralized.

Police would not give any details about the suspect or further information about the device.

The explosive was found on the street just outside the Groenland underground station and police swept through the area to remove people from bars and restaurants.

Norway’s security service PST said early Sunday it had taken over the investigation but declined to elaborate.

“There are several reasons as to why we have taken over the case,” PST spokesman Martin Bernsen told the Aftenposten daily. He was not immediately available for comments.

“Now we will secure evidence and make the interviews,” he added.

“Every restaurant was being closed,” said 23-year-old Malin Myrvold, who witnessed the scene from a fourth-story window. “You could see cops in heavy armor going in every store and restaurant.

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