Nothing dangerous discovered during US embassy evacuation
The area surrounding the US embassy in Oslo, Norway has been cleared after a suspicious object was found underneath a car parked nearby. (Source: Kjetil Ree/Wikicommons)
(RNN) - Nothing dangerous has been discovered after the U.S. embassy in Oslo, Norway was evacuated after a suspicious package was found under a car parked near the embassy building.
The object in question has been removed, but officials declined to state what was underneath the car, according to the Associated Press.
Embassy officials called Norwegian authorities Tuesday morning after the package was discovered. A bomb squad and bomb sniffing dogs were called to the scene.
Police said the area around the embassy, which includes the Norwegian royal palace, were evacuated. The royal family was not in the palace at the time.
Norway's NTB news agency reported that all visitors were evacuated from the palace and staff
remained in the building.
Police spokesperson Martin Todnem told the Associated Press that the affected area was about 500 meters (yards) surrounding the embassy. He added that his department received a call from the embassy at 11:22 a.m. to notify them of the situation.
Norway recently remembered the victims of the July 22, 2011 attacks where Anders Behring Breivik went on a violent rampage killing a total of 77 people.
Breivik, a right-ring extremist who ranted against multiculturalism, bombed a government district in Oslo that killed eight people before going on a shooting rampage that killed 69 at a youth camp sponsored by the left-wing Labor Party.
His trial is ongoing and he has confessed to the massacre.
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