Fortunately it seems as if no one has been killed...but I wonder who committed the bombing? Why does one suspect it as retaliation for the Muhammad cartoons? So much with "peace and tolerance"

Edit: it seems as if at least one person has been killed with scores injured.

Norway: Blast near prime minister's office in Oslo

The explosion caused damage to the offices of the Norwegian Prime Minister


A large explosion has hit near government headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo.

At least one person was killed in the city centre blast, national broadcaster NRK reports.

The offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg were damaged extensively but he was reportedly unharmed.

At least eight people were injured, local media said. No-one has said they were behind the explosion.

Television footage from the scene showed rubble and glass from shattered windows in the streets - smoke was around some buildings. The wreckage of at least one car was in street.

All roads into the city centre have been closed, said the NRK, and security officials evacuated people from the area, fearing another blast.

Oistein Mjarum, head of communications for the Norwegian Red Cross, said his offices were close to the site of the explosion.

"There was a massive explosion which could be heard over the capital Oslo," he told the BBC.

'Complete chaos'

Mr Mjarum said there were fires burning in the prime minister's 17-storey building.

"This is a very busy area on Friday afternoon and there was a lot of people in the streets, and many people working in these buildings that are now burning," he said.


Eyewitness Ole Tommy Pedersen said he was standing at a bus stop about 100m away from the blast.

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

He said there was a cloud of smoke billowing from the lower floors.

An NRK journalist, Ingunn Andersen, said the headquarters of tabloid newspaper VG had also been damaged.

"I see that some windows of the VG building and the government headquarters have been broken. Some people covered with blood are lying in the street," AP quoted her as saying.

"It's complete chaos here. The windows are blown out in all the buildings close by."

Mr Mjarum said people were in shock in Oslo and across Norway.

"We have never had a terrorist attack like this in Norway - if that's what it is - but of course this has been a great fear for all Norwegians when they have seen what has been happening around the world."

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Comment by Sassan K. on July 23, 2011 at 5:15am

Good night everyone. May all our support and condolences be with the Norwegian people. I am sure this is a difficult time for their country and their people - but I am staunchly confident that they will overcome this and become stronger and more resolute in the face of tyranny. My thoughts are with you Norway.


Comment by Sassan K. on July 23, 2011 at 4:19am
Extremely sad video:
Comment by Sassan K. on July 23, 2011 at 12:53am
I know, I already mentioned that below if you scroll down.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on July 23, 2011 at 12:04am
From what I've read this person was not a Muslim, but rather a bigot against Muslims.
Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 11:33pm
My question now is this: how come what is I believe is the Prime Minister was supposed to visit the camp but reports seem to indicate he backed out near the end...did he receive some intelligence on this or did he "coincidentally" change his plans?
Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 10:11pm

At least two Islamic extremist groups had tried to take credit for the attacks. Many intelligence analysts said they had never heard of Helpers of Global Jihad, which took initial credit. The Kurdish group Ansar al-Islam also took credit on some jihadist web sites.

Norway has been grappling 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 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.

Further reason why our suspicions were legitimate. It is very rare to see a Christian bombing/killing people like that. This is your one attack from a Christian nut on this scale every 15-20 years.

Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 9:45pm
Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 9:06pm

We need to wait further for answers but it seems like it might be this guy:

Although we have every right and are justified in first suspecting Islamists - it is the Islamist who cuts heads off because of Muhammad cartoons published in Norway - it is the nation of Norway receiving threats from Islamic radicals because of free speech issues. We have to wait to still see if he really worked alone and to find out all the details in this case - but if another attack happened tomorrow - I would still rightfully so first suspect Islamists until proven otherwise.

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on July 22, 2011 at 8:31pm
Now I'm wondering who it was.
Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 8:11pm

Oh man, maybe this is a warning to get every last soldier out of Afghanistan.

It seems to not have been a Muslim surprisingly - but if it was our resolute would in the west as free people would have been stronger. We don't bow down to pressure. We come after you stronger.

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