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July 22, 2011

Bomb blast, shooting at youth camp horrify Norway

View Original Source:  http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/bomb-blast-shooting-at-1034572.html

By NILS MYKLEBOST

The Associated Press

Friday July 22, 2011. A loud explosion shattered windows Friday at the government headquarters in Oslo (AP PHOTO / Holm Morten, Scanpix) NORWAY OUT

OSLO, Norway — Terrorism ravaged long-peaceful Norway on Friday when a bomb ripped open buildings including the prime minister’s office and a man dressed as a police officer opened fire at a nearby island youth camp. At least two people were killed and 15 injured in the bomb blast, the nation’s worst attack since World War II.

A square in Oslo, where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded, was covered in twisted metal, shattered glass and documents expelled from surrounding buildings, which house government offices and the headquarters of some of Norway’s leading newspapers. Most of the windows in the 20-floor high-rise where Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his administration work were shattered.

Stoltenberg was working at home Friday and was unharmed, according to senior adviser Oivind Ostang.

The death toll was expected to rise; police spokesman Thor Langli said there were dead people left in the buildings, though he didn’t know how many.

Public broadcaster NRK showed video of a blackened car lying on its side amid the debris. An AP reporter who was in the office of Norwegian news agency NTB said the building shook from the blast and all employees were evacuated. Down in the street, he saw one person with a bleeding leg being led away from the area.

Oslo police said the explosion was caused by “one or more” bombs, but declined to speculate on who was behind the attack. They later sealed off the nearby offices of broadcaster TV 2 after discovering a suspicious package.

At Utoya, an island outside Oslo, a gunman dressed in a police uniform opened fire at a Labor Party youth camp, shooting several youths, party spokesman Per Gunnar Dahl told The Associated Press.

“There has been an incident where a man dressed in a police uniform started shooting among the youngsters on the island. This created a panic situation where people started to swim from the island” to escape, he said. Dahl said unconfirmed reports said five people were hit.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the two attacks were related.

The explosion occurred at 3:30 p.m. (1330 GMT), as Ole Tommy Pedersen stood at a bus stop 100 meters (yards) away.

“I saw three or four injured people being carried out of the building a few minutes later,” Pedersen told AP.

The attacks come as Norway grapples with a homegrown terror plot linked to al-Qaida. Two suspects are in jail awaiting charges.

Last week, a Norwegian prosecutor filed terror charges against an Iraqi-born cleric for threatening Norwegian politicians with death if he is deported from the Scandinavian country. The indictment centered on statements that Mullah Krekar — the founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam — made to various news media, including American network NBC.

Terrorism has also been a concern in neighboring Denmark since an uproar over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad six years ago. Danish authorities say they have foiled several terror plots linked to the 2005 newspaper cartoons that triggered protests in Muslim countries. Last month, a Danish appeals court on Wednesday sentenced a Somali man to 10 years in prison for breaking into the home of the cartoonist.

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Associated Press writer Louise Nordstrom contributed to this report.

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July 22, 2011 01:36 PM EDT

Copyright 2011, The Associated Press.

July 22, 2011

Giant blast hits government buildings in Oslo, Norway: Blast rocks Norway’s oil ministry

Many are reported dead after a huge explosion struck buildings close to government offices of the prime minister of oil-rich Norway’s capital Oslo, with the oil ministry building said to be ablaze.

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View Original Source:  http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article268965.ece

Aleya Begum & Eoin O’Cinneide  22 July 2011 14:28 GMT

An explosion in central Oslo on July 22, 2011, injured dozens of people and severely damaged several government buildings. (ABC News)

The blast occured before 15:30 local time outside a building beside Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s office but early reports indicate that he has not been injured.

There are reports of a second explosion, but these have not been confirmed. Eyewitness accounts say the prime minister’s office is on fire with some reports suggesting the oil ministry building is ablaze.

Norwegian online news site, Dagbladet.no, cited police as saying the suspected target for the explosion was the prime minister’s building and the oil ministry building, indicating that it may have been a terrorist attack.

Upstream’s sister Norwegian publication, DN.no, cites a police statement in reporting that many people have been killed and injured.

Ole Berthelsen, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, told Upstream: “We have very little information on the incident. All we know is there has been an explosion in the government quarters.

“There is no indication yet of the nature of the explosion or who was targeted. We don’t know when we will have more information at this point.”

Local media reports that at least eight people have been injured by the blast but it is believed that many more people may have been hurt.

It is believed that the blast occured outside the offices of Norwegian tabloid newspaper, VG, with reports of large amounts of shattered glass and the twisted remains of a car outside the building. There is as yet, however, no confirmed cause of the explosion. Windows in buildings five or six blocks away from the blast site have also reportedly been shattered.

A statement from Oslo police said the force was unable to comment on the incident but that there had been “one or more powerful explosions”.

“Police, fire and ambulance workers are on site in large forces,” the statement read. “We are working to get an overview of the damage, and will continuously provide information about the incident.”

Large parts of the city have been evacuated and police are urging people to leave the city centre.

More to follow…

Published: 22 July 2011 14:28 GMT  | Last updated: 0 minute ago

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