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Norway's security service PST said early Sunday it had taken over the investigation but declined to elaborate.

The Norwegian police also raised the country's threat level to "probable" from "possible", which is valid for two months, Xinhua quoted PST head Benedicte Bjornland as saying.

Police took away cordons in the Gronland area and residents resumed normal Sunday activities.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Investigators said the explosive device was discovered outside Groenland underground station, and armed officers swept through the area to evacuate people from bars and restaurants.

Police have block a area in central Oslo and arrested a man after the discovery of "bomb-like device", in Oslo, Norway April 8, 2017.

Norwegian police yesterday said they had destroyed a suspect "bomb-like" device in the capital Oslo and made one arrest, on the heels of a deadly truck attack in neighbouring Sweden killed four people.

Sigmond says her client has no extremist connections.

Bjornland said he is an asylum-seeker from Russian Federation who arrived in Norway in 2010.

Referring to other terror incidents in Europe, she added: "It is likely that attacks in France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and Sweden can create a copycat effect in Norway with people with Islamic sympathies".

Police in Scandinavia have been on heightened alert after a lorry was driven through a crowd in the Swedish capital Stockholm on Friday.

Wearing a yellow jumper with grey stripes, the teenager appeared impassive, sometimes leaning towards his lawyer to talk.

The police bomb squad said the device found in Oslo was about 30 cm (1ft) across and had appeared capable of causing only a limited amount of damage.

In 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik set off a auto bomb in Oslo that killed eight people and went on a shooting rampage that killed 69 people on a nearby island.

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