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At least 10 killed after shooting near Oslo

07-23-2011 08:23 BJT Special Report:Norway Shocked by Twin Attacks |

OSLO, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Local police had confirmed that at least 10 people were killed in a shooting attack in the Buskerud county, near Oslo, the capital, Norwegian News Agency reported later Friday.

A gunman wearing police uniforms and police identification landed on a small island about 40 kilometers west of Oslo, shooting two hours after a deadly bomb explosion rocked the government building quarters in the Norwegian capital city.

An unspecified number of persons were also injured in the incident.

The gunman in his 30s was described carrying a pistol and a rifle with telescopic sight. He started shooting a few minutes after he landed on the island known as Utoeya, in the Buskerud county.

The culprit, who has a Norwegian look and speaks an eastern dialect of the Norwegian language, was arrested later by police.

Eyewitnesses said that the man fired several shots, sending into hiding terrified participants of an annual event of the Workers' Youth League. Some young people jumped into water and swam to safety.

At a press conference on Friday evening, Sveinung Sponheim, deputy police chief in Oslo, said that they fear there was a bomb on the island.

Police suspected a likely correlation between the shooting incident and the bomb explosion which turned an area of downtown Oslo into a war-like zone earlier in the day.

At least seven people were killed in the bomb explosion and 16 others injured, according to a police spokesman. Two of the injured were in critical condition.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg called on Norwegians to remain calm and do not let panic spread.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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