Blast Rocks Government Buildings in Oslo
Posted on Jul 22, 2011
A powerful explosion rocked government buildings in Norway’s capital on Friday, killing at least seven people and injuring a number of others near the prime minister’s office. One police source described it as a bomb, though no one has yet claimed responsibility.
Police in the area speculated about whether or not the blast was a terrorist action, perhaps intended for Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, whose office was near the scene, but the question remained unanswered. Stoltenberg was not in his office at the time and was not injured. —BF
There are conflicting reports about whether a second blast followed the first, which occurred mid-afternoon in the center of the Norwegian capital near the prime minister’s office.
A spokesman for Oslo police told CNN: “There has been a bomb explosion in the government area. At least one person is dead, and a number of people are injured. We don’t have the exact number yet.
“We don’t know if this comes from a terrorist action; we don’t know yet. We don’t know exactly how many explosions (there) were yet. Oslo center has been evacuated.”
He confirmed that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was not in his office at the time of the blast.
AP / Fartein Rudjord
Victims receive treatment on the sidewalk in the center of Oslo on Friday after at least one explosion tore open several government buildings.