‘Bomb-like device’ destroyed in central Oslo

Norwegian police have carried out a controlled explosion of a “bomb-like device” in central Oslo and are holding a suspect in custody in an investigation led by security police.

Media at the scene described a loud bang early on Sunday shortly after Oslo’s bomb squad arrived with a remote-controlled robot. The area had been cordoned off by police on Saturday night.

“The noise from the blast was louder than our explosives themselves would cause,” a police spokesman said, adding that further investigation was needed to find out if the device had contained explosives.

The device, measuring about 1ft (30cm) across, appeared to be capable of causing only a limited amount of damage. Forensics experts will examine fragments to figure out what it was.

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