They do not normally carry weapons but terrorism fears in Norway ahead of Christmas mean that police on patrol will be armed for the next four weeks at least.
Security services believe an attempted terror attack is ‘probable’ in the months ahead, with police and soldiers likely targets.
Authorities say they fear the return of jihadists who have been fighting in Syria, estimating that around 60 people with Norwegian links have joined extremist groups in the war-torn country.
Norway’s army has advised its members not to wear their uniforms when off-duty.
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