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Potential terrorism acts ‘routine’ in Iceland

Issues regarding national security, including potential acts of terrorism, have come up regularly in Iceland in the recent past and have been investigated by police. The case of a man who regularly visited websites containing instructions on how to create bombs, as reported yesterday, is only one such case, Fréttabladid today reports.

Other similar cases relate to matters such as suspicious individuals or groups of individuals entering the country, or cooperation with and surveillance for foreign security services if there is suspicion of planned acts of terrorism abroad. A spokesman for the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police confirms that the specific case reported yesterday was investigated, but that no further action was deemed to be warranted.

Supreme Court Judge Atli Gíslason is quoted in Fréttabladid today as saying that the general public is the most effective surveillance body and that he considers there to be no need for a special department within the police to deal with national security.

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