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Norway earmarks extra $19 million to combat terror

Wednesday - 3/20/2013, 12:09pm  ET

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- The Norwegian government has pledged an extra 109 million kroner ($18.7 million) this year to improve terror preparedness following the July 22, 2011, massacre when a rightwing extremist killed 77 people in a bomb attack and shooting rampage.

Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg says the funds are in addition to 1.5 billion kroner ($260 million) pledged to the Justice and Emergency Department for new equipment, training of personnel and pre-emptive terror measures.

Stoltenberg told reporters Wednesday that the government would do "everything it can to ensure that Norway remains a safe country."

Last year, a comprehensive report exposed shortcomings in Norway's crisis preparedness and highlighted police blunders during the attacks when Anders Behring Breivik gunned down 69 people on Utoya island after exploding a bomb in central Oslo, killing eight.


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