Media name Russian citizen arrested for preparation of terrorist attack in Norway
He categorically denies involvement in any terrorist or extremist group.
The Norwegian court has arrested 17-year-old Russian citizen Isa B. on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack in Oslo. Kommersant revealed his name on Wednesday, April 12.
It is noted that the law forbids disclosing the suspect’s name. According to the publication, Isa belongs to a family of immigrants from Ingushetia.
In 2010, he came to Norway together with his family and applied for refugee status. The family settled in Vadso, where there is a large Russian-speaking community.
After a while, the young man's parents decided to return to Russia, and Isa remained in Norway. It is reported that after the departure of his family, his circle of contacts changed. In particular, the Russian established contacts with compatriots who had dispersed around the world, including those who had ended up in Syria and Afghanistan. Some of them used to publish extremist texts on their pages in social networks.
The Russian was detained on Saturday, April 8, in Oslo near the Akerselva River. According to the police, he left a suspicious box under the bridge. Sappers, who were called to the scene, destroyed this item. Security officials found it difficult to immediately say whether the bomb was there, however, they noted that the explosion was louder than one might have expected.
According to Isa’s lawyers, he categorically denies involvement in any terrorist or extremist group and claims he did not intend to commit an act of terrorism and cause anyone harm.