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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    Norwegian police have uncovered terrorist symbols and materials such as execution videos on phones belonging to persons seeking asylum in the country, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The uncovered materials also include images of people holding severed heads and other body parts, pictures of dead children and other possible victims of war crimes, as well as flags and symbols of the Islamic State (IS or Daesh in Arabic) and the Nusra Front, according to Norway's VG newspaper.

    The surge of refugees over the past few months has forced the country's Police Security Service to establish a special unit handling issues related to asylum seekers.

    "We have received a three-digit number of reports of concern from the National Police Immigration Service, its employees, from the Directorate of Immigration and from accommodation centers. Our job is to assess these reports," the unit's head Erik Haugland told VG.

    The impossibility of investigating the asylum seekers' backgrounds poses a challenge for Norwegian authorities, he said. "We can't contact countries such as Syria and Iraq to ask what [information] they have, and, in addition, there may be uncertainty regarding ID."

    He noted that most asylum seekers entering Norway were not extremists and there may be several explanations to why people have such imagery on their digital devices.

    Some of the refugees may have taken photos and videos of crimes they witnessed, according to Haugland. Others may have decided, in order to ensure own safety, to carry symbols of groups controlling areas through which they had to pass to escape.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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