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Special Police Unit Called Out Weekly

The Special Unit of the National Police Commissioner, Iceland’s counter-terrorism unit, specializing in various types of armed and unarmed infantry combat, has been called out on average once per week over the past four years, as stated in a new security report from the National Commissioner’s analysis department, published earlier this week.

In all cases, it was considered necessary to send out armed officers because of information that armed individuals were involved, ruv.is reports.

The unit was armed on 61 occasions last year and 71 in 2013. General police officers have been armed around eight times per year.

As reported previously, 72,000 weapons are registered to 27,249 individuals in Iceland. According to the police, many more unregistered weapons are thought to be in circulation.

National security has been in discussion in Iceland in recent days after the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s report was published and after an individual in Iceland declared his support for IS.

According to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, the terrorism threat level has not been higher since the 9/11 attacks.

The authorities in Iceland reportedly possess information on individuals who are deemed to be a danger to society both because of a desire and ability to commit acts of terror, ruv.is reports.

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