Norwegian police sent to Kabul


Norwegian military aircraft headed to Kabul

Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB
A transport aircraft en route from Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport to Kabul with Norwegian police on board to aid in evacuation effort in Afghanistan.

Norwegian police personnel have been sent to Kabul to assist in the evacuation work in Afghanistan, the Norwegian Ministry of Justice has reported.

“I can confirm that the Norwegian police are part of the force that was sent to the airport in Kabul to help with the work that is happening there,” said State Secretary Lars Jacob Hiim in the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management.

According to NRK, the personnel traveled to Kabul before the weekend of Aug. 21.

“They are helping with the identification of people who are to be evacuated to Norway and are offering them advice on immigration and police policy,” said Hiim.

The Norwegian police will also have a central role in ensuring safety on board the evacuation aircraft, as well as various tasks in connection with arrival in Norway.

“For the sake of safety, I can not go further into what kind of tasks are performed or how many there are, other than that police personnel are an important contribution to the operation that is now underway,” said Hiim.

Translated by Lori Ann Reinhall

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