The FSB Border Guard has issued a warning to two Pechenga Regions towns, Nikel and Zapolyarny about possible terror influx. The warning comes after between 800 and 1,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan arrived to the town of Nikel. The refugees then received transportation to the Russia-Finland border so they could move towards Western Europe through Norway. More than 2,700 asylum-seekers took the Arctic Route and many could do the same.
On the portal of the municipality of Petchenga Rayon, the FSB message to the population was to remain vigilant. This original message was written in Russia but through Google Translation, the warning can read: “due to the large influx of refugees from the Middle East, through the territory of Pechenga, not exclude the possibility of committing subversive and terrorist acts on the territory of Pechenga, as well as attempts to illegally cross the state border on their part. We ask all citizens to be vigilant, in the case of the territory of Pechenga unknown suspects in particular, people from the North Caucasus and the citizens of the Central Asian region immediately inform the service in the town of Nikel PU FSB Russia’s Murmansk region 8 (81554) 5 27-29 or the police to the number “02”.”
The FSB asked the population to reports any suspicious activities, most notably people from the Caucasus and Central Asia. They also warned that illegal attempts to cross the border to Norway might happen.
Norway, however, has not been worried about the asylum-seekers. Senior Advisor Martin Bernsen from the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) said there are no “reason to fear terror on the Norwegian side of the border.”
“So far, we have not been worried. We have not seen any ISIL sympathizers that have entered the country through the inflow of refugees,” explains Martin Bernsen. “We don’t know if they have other sources of information than we do,” he says commenting on the terror warning issued by FSB.
Thomas Nielsen from The Barents Observer asked Bernsen about intelligence sharing with Russia on this particular event. Bernsen responded by saying that “we do never tell about how we cooperate with intelligence services of other countries.”
Once the refugees crosses the border into Norway, a large refugee centre, built near the airport of Kirkenes, will host them. The refugees will most likely go through some sort of screening at this centre and receive medical care. Kirkenes is a Norwegian border town with Russia and is located a few kilometres away from the borderline.
*Based on The Barents Observer “FSB warns against terror in border area to Norway” article.