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Flags at half-mast in Finland to mourn Norwegian victims

07-25-2011 09:06 BJT

HELSINKI, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Flags were at half-mast across Finland on Sunday in mourning for the victims of the twin attacks in Norway that have claimed 93 lives.

Some Finnish people spontaneously came to the Norwegian embassy in downtown Helsinki. They lighted up candles and presented flowers to mourn the victims.

The Social Democratic Youth of Finland held a memorial in the front of the Norwegian embassy in the evening. Its members observed silence in respect for the deceased.

Finnish president Tarja Halonen sent a message to the Norwegian leaders on Friday to express her condolence to the victims of the attacks.

The Finnish government will pay close attention to development of the situation in Norway, said Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen in condemning the deadly raids on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Finland's police chief Pentti Saira said on Saturday that the country will amend its laws to facilitate a better control on guns.

On Friday, a bomb exploded in downtown Oslo near the government offices. Hours later, a gunman dressed in police uniform opened fire at a youth camp of Norway's ruling political party on Utoeya, an island south of Oslo. So far, 93 people have been confirmed dead in the two attacks.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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