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Police Intercept Letter Bomb

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Norwegian police said Thursday they had defused a potentially devastating letter bomb that had been sent to police station, a rare incident in the tranquil Scandinavian country .

The Ski police station, located southeast of Oslo , was evacuated early Wednesday after an employee alerted superiors to a suspicious package. It turned out to contain a homemade bomb primed to explode when the package was opened.

“ A real bomb that could, and was designed to , harm people,” police commissioner Steven Hasseldal told reporters.

“ This is a very serious crime . We consider it an attack against the police that could have caused a lot of damage ,” he said .

A bomb disposal unit defused the device. Police said they had no suspects at this stage . This type of incident is extremely rare in Norway, where police are generally respected and where officers are usuallyunarmed.

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