A cruise line has canceled five visits to Fredrikstad because of a newspaper article about seven ISIS fighters from the city.
The company Carnival Cruises UK had planned five visits to Fredrikstad in 2018, but told in the autumn surprising that these were canceled, writes Fredriksstad Blad.
- The company refers to an article in the New York Times about Lisleby street. It has been readily available on the Internet, even on Wikipedia. It shows how vulnerable the market is to all information that can be linked to terrorism, says Caroline M. Pettersen, Sales Manager at Visit Fredrikstad, to the newspaper.
New York Times wrote in April 2015 an article about seven foreign fighters who have traveled from Lisleby street in Fredrikstad to Syria to fight alongside ISIS.
The headline of the report was « A Norway Town and Its Pipeline to Jihad in Syria»
In hopes of getting the cruise ships back to Fredrikstad, Visit Fredrikstad and Hvaler have gotten the Police Security Service (PST) to write a statement about the security situation in the city. This is now sent to the shipping company.
In the statement, police chief Trond Torp in Fredrikstad, writes that it is as safe as anywhere else in Norway, and he points out that there has never been any terrorist attacks in the city.
- We are working on getting the cruise line back to town, and we hope that the opinion of PST is effective, says Pettersen.
That seven terrorists grew up in the same small town, seems to have less concerns, however. Bring tourists.
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