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Terror plans intercepted

Norway contributed to preventing at last 15 large terror attacks in Europe the last couple of years, said Jørn Holme at the Norwegian Police Security Service.

Holme confirmed to TV 2 Nyhetene Wednesday, that at least 15 extensive terror actions have been prevented in Europe the last two years.

According to Holme, the Norwegian intelligence service has, in collaboration with European intelligence services, contributed to this work. However, Holme did not want to comment where and when terror actions were planned.

«Norwegian security service has frequent meetings and work closely with other countries’ authorities,» Holme stated.

Expensive
Terrorism is expensive to plan and execute, and according to American researchers, the Bali bomb reportedly cost NOK 250.000 (USD 40.445), the attack against USS Cole NOK 500.000 (USD 80.915), and the terror attacks 9/11 NOK 3.5 million (USD 566.544).

Information about financing of terror cells is therefore particularly important. The Police Norwegian Security Service (PST) confirmed that they are currently investigating several money transactions to establish whether or not these are connected to financing terror actions.

Physical money transfers
One thing is money transfers between accounts; another is revealing actual physical money transfers. Reportedly huge amounts are smuggled via Oslo Airport Gardermoen every year.

«We have six million travellers every year, but we are working structurally and sometimes we make significant seizures,» said Paul Ask, head of the customs, to TV 2 Nyhetene.

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