In Norway, a return to normality

Jittery Norwegians tried to restore some normality yesterday after mass killings by a far-right zealot traumatized the nation.

Oslo’s central station was evacuated after a suspicious suitcase was found on a bus, and all train and bus services were halted. Emergency vehicles ringed the station, but police said later the suitcase was harmless.

Norwegians, unused to violence in a quiet country of 4.8 million, must now struggle with how to improve security without jeopardizing the freedom and openness of their society.

Police reopened some streets around the blast site in Oslo and vendors gradually reopened for business. Workers at a corner store about 150 yards away have painted the plywood boards put up in place of blown-out windows.

“Fixing the glass will take a week or two and the wood looks better painted,” said deputy store manager Aykan Bastas. “We will fix it up nicely, just like before.”


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