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Fear after fire bombing of feed truck

Trondheim, Norway police are concerned after the discovery of fire bombs with timers responsible for the destruction of a feed tanker truck last month.

A tanker parked outside the company Midt-Norsk Fòr AL at Lade near Trondheim was heavily damaged in a fire reported in the early hours of October 10 morning.

An adjacent truck was also damaged and investigating police found several fire bombs.

Animal rights activists
"In connection with the forensic investigations remains from material that likely stem from two fire bombs were found at the scene. Closer investigation found a further three bombs that had not ignited," investigation leader Terje Lunde told news agency NTB.

He added that the bombs had been strategically placed among the parked trucks to create maximum damage.

Lunde said that the bombs were currently the only clues in the investigation, but that animal rights activists were getting primary attention since the trucks were used to drive feed to fur farms in the district.

Fur farms targetted
"Sabotage is frightening but we were aware that we could be a target for extreme animal rights activists. The plot follows the same procedure we have seen used abroad," Midt-Norsk Fôr AL managing director Håkon Brønstad told Aftenposten.

Norway's Police Security Service (PST) chief Jørn Holme said that extreme animal rights groups were part of the PST's general threat assessment due to sporadic attacks on the fur industry.

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