Teen asy­lum-seeker ID’d as sus­pect in explosive case

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COPENHAGEN, DEN­MARK | A 17-yearold asy­lum-seeker from Rus­sia was ar­rested Sun­day in con­nec­tion with an explosive de­vice found near a busy sub­way sta­tion in Nor­way’s cap­i­tal that po­lice de­fused be­fore it det­o­nated, au­thor­i­ties said.

The youth was de­tained on sus­pi­cion of han­dling ex­plo­sives, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors do not know if he planned to carry out an at­tack with the home­made de­vice, said Signe Aal­ing, chief pros­e­cu­tor for Nor­way’s PST se­cu­rity ser­vice.

Ms. Aal­ing de­scribed the explosive as “a prim­i­tive im­pro­vised explosive de­vice with lim­ited dam­age po­ten­tial.”

The youth was not iden­ti­fied, but se­cu­rity ser­vice head Marie Bene­dicte Bjorn­land said Nor­we­gian in­tel­li­gence was aware of him. He is an asy­lum­seeker from Rus­sia who ar­rived in Nor­way with his fam­ily in 2010, Ms. Bjorn­land said.

Ms. Bjorn­land also al­leged that the youth was part of “ex­treme Is­lamism” cir­cles in Nor­way.

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