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Major blast rocks Norway PM's office

07-23-2011 08:52 BJT Special Report:Norway Shocked by Twin Attacks |

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A huge explosion went off near government headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo. Norway's national broadcaster NRK says at least seven people have been killed and two badly injured.

The bomb blast ripped open buildings in the heart of Norway's government quarters Friday in Oslo.

The blast blew out windows of the Prime Minister's building. It damaged the buildings of the finance and oil ministries. Glass and rubble scattered across the streets. Sirens echoed.

It was the biggest attack in western Europe since the London transport bombings in 2005. Eyewitnesses described their shock.

The normally tranquil Scandinavian nation of Norway was fitting itself into the
mood for a relaxed weekend, when two attacks shocked its people as never before.

Eyewitness, said, "It is very frightening and everyone is now wondering if this was an act of terror or if it was a suicide bomber and therefore a terror action. But no one can give us an answer at the moment."

Eyewitness, said, "This is gruesome, I think I am still in shock because this is not something you expect to happen in Oslo."

Police say a bomb caused the explosion. They sealed off the scene to investigate a suspicious package.

Local media report all roads into the city center have been closed. Security officials evacuated people from the area.

The normally tranquil Scandinavian nation of Norway was fitting itself into the
mood for a relaxed weekend, when two attacks shocked its people as never before.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was unharmed. He described the situation as "very serious".

Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian Prime Minister, said, "Our focus right now should be on showing solidarity and sympathy for the people who are affected. We are a small country and we are very close to each other and this is dramatic. So we will see in the hours and days ahead what is behind the incident and will know what really happened."

So far no one or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

NATO member Norway has previously been the target of threats, over its involvement in conflicts in Afghanistan and Libya.

More on the attacks:

At least 10 killed after shooting near Oslo

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. <Full story>

Domestic & Global reactions:

PM calls on Norwegians to stay together after deadly attacks

OSLO, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Friday called on its people to stay together after two deadly attacks, in which at least 17 people were killed earlier in the day. <Full story>

General Assembly president strongly condemns violence in Norway

UNITED NATIONS, July 22 (Xinhua) -- UN General Assembly President Joseph Deiss on Friday expressed shock over the deadly attacks in Norway and strongly condemned these attacks. <Full story>

Obama calls for world cooperation to fight terrorism after Oslo attacks

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday sent condolences to Norway in wake of the deadly bombing and shooting in its capital city of Oslo, calling on the world to work together to fight terrorism. <Full story>

 

The normally tranquil Scandinavian nation of Norway was fitting itself into the
mood for a relaxed weekend, when two attacks shocked its people as never before.

The normally tranquil Scandinavian nation of Norway was fitting itself into the
mood for a relaxed weekend, when two attacks shocked its people as never before.


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