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Russian teen detained over explosives found near Oslo subway

Russian teen detained over explosives found near Oslo subway

"PST is now working on finding his intentions and find out whether others are involved", Aaling said.

The police bomb squad said the device found in Oslo was about 30 cm (1 ft) across and had appeared capable of causing only a limited amount of damage.

Police Chief Vidar Pedersen confirmed that the device, initially described as 'bomb-like, ' was an explosive. Security service head Benedicte Bjornland said intelligence agencies were aware of the suspect.

The teenage suspect's lawyer, Aase Karine Sigmond, told Norwegian broadcaster NRK her client denies wrongdoing and had distanced himself from the Islamic State group.

Bjornland said it was likely that attacks in France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and Sweden could create a copycat effect in Norway with people with "Islamic sympathies", adding that "the attacks demonstrate how easy such attacks can be carried out, and prove to others that it is possible to make something similar".

"Every restaurant was being closed", 23-year-old witness Malin Myrvold said.

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'We were trying to see what was going on.

"There are several reasons as to why we have taken over the case", PST spokesman Martin Bernsen told the Aftenposten daily. "The police were screaming at us to get back inside and stay where we were", she added by telephone.

The 17-year-old Russian citizen, who came to Norway as an asylum seeker in 2010, was taken into police custody with an improvised explosive device in Oslo's Gronland area late Saturday, PST police attorney Signe Aalling said at the same press conference.

Right wing extremist Anders Breivik was responsible for the vehicle bomb attack that killed eight people, according to Reuters.

The discovery of the explosive comes just one day after neighboring Sweden suffered a truck attack in Stockholm that claimed the lives of four people and injured 15.

That bomb and a subsequent gun massacre killed a total of 77 people.


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