– It is worth noting that the PST chief says threat in Norway gradually becomes more similar to what we have in other Western countries affected by terrorism. It is particularly serious when the PST is now said that the arrest has links to the international terrorist network Al Qaeda , "said Høybråten .
Høybråten said the arrest showed that surveillance of extreme Islamist groups and international police cooperation is essential to detect and prevent terrorist acts.
– This arrest has apparently happened earlier than the purely investigative purposes would be optimal. This is because the matter has been discussed in the American press. This makes it harder for police to collect as much evidence as they wish. It's a dilemma we have to live with , since both press freedom and effective counter terrorism is important for our society , "said Høybråten .