Hundreds of migrants entering Norway have images of severed heads and executions on their phones, police have admitted.
Norway has seen an “explosion” of migrants crossing into the country in recent months, meaning that police are finding it increasingly difficult to effectively monitor all the new arrivals.
Among those migrants they have searched, however, they have found hundreds of instances of “photos and videos of executions and brutal punishments, such as images of people holding up severed heads or hands.”
The Daily Mail says they also claim to have found images of dead children and other victims of terror attacks, as well as images of the Islamic State flag and other terrorist symbols.
However, Erik Haugland, head of Norway’s asylum programme, tried to play down the discoveries, insisting there may be an innocent explanation.
The migrants may have to images in order to bear witness to their horrors they are fleeing, he said, or they could have allowed them to sneak through territory controlled by Islamic State.
Last month, Norway resorted to taking out a front-page advertisement in a major Afghan newspaper warning potential migrants they will be “returned by force” if they try to come to the country.
The ad, which is headlined “Stricter immigration regulations in Norway – important information!”, says that people from “safe areas” of Afghanistan will have their applications rejected and will be deported back home. Those from unsafe areas may be returned to different parts of Afghanistan.
The country’s campaign emulates a similar idea by the Danish government, who published advertisements in a Lebanese newspaper in September telling migrants to stay away due to recent government measures, including a 50 per cent cut in benefits for people granted asylum.
Last week, Breitbart London also reported that Norway has decided to pay migrants up to $10,000 to go home. The scheme, for migrants who have decided the Arctic country is not what they expected, was taken up by 230 families last month, up from 100 earlier in the year.