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Norway: Blast near prime minister's office in Oslo

 

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

 

The blast is thought to have caused damage to the offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and a number of other official buildings.

 

Initial reports suggested Mr Stoltenberg was unharmed.

 

At least eight people were injured in the city centre explosion, local media reports. No-one has said they were behind the attack.

 

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 newspaper.

 

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

 

"There was a massive explosion which could be heard over the capital Oslo."

 

 

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

 

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," Associated Press news agency quoted him as saying.

 

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

 

There's a video here that explains it pretty well, but I can't embed it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14252515

 

EDIT: BBC live news update: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14254705

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Really shocking to hear. Norway would be one of the last countries to make the top of the news you'd think.

 

My heart goes out to those killed and the Norweigans.

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Perhaps the Norwegian government will give the Nobel Peace Prize to the bombers! ;)

 

Anyway, look for the Scandinavian countries to "crack down" on terrorism and institute strict new rules that limit liberty for the people.

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^I'm sorry, but that joke is horribly timed.

 

This was a complete shock to me. I was at a friend's house at the time watching a movie, when his mother called. She was in uptown Oslo at the time and she freaked out when she heard the bang and felt the tremor. She took my friends sister, drove straight to the airport and flew home. It was just so out of the blue. this has never, ever, happened in Norway before. There really was no way to prepare for this. My heart goes out to the deceased of the bomb and the shooting and of course their families. This is just tragic.

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Oh you don't have to interpret that as a joke. It's a distinct possibility, if you have pattern recognition.

 

And Norway is a member of NATO, so they are a reasonable target. They were conducting bombing raids over Libya.

 

And of course it's a tragedy. That goes without saying.

 

My parents were up the street from the bus bombings in London a few years ago, and I couldn't get in touch with them for a couple hours following it. So I'm not insensitive to the people there. But it's not really "out of the blue". In order for it to be considered that, it would have to be a non-NATO member.

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Perhaps the Norwegian government will give the Nobel Peace Prize to the bombers! ;)

 

Anyway, look for the Scandinavian countries to "crack down" on terrorism and institute strict new rules that limit liberty for the people.

 

Badly timed?

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It is really terrible what is happening in Norway.

 

Update: At least 7 were killed and at least 15 injured by bomb (maybe car bomb) in Oslo.

 

Building housing i.a. the PM's office was severely damaged if not totally destroyed by devastating explosion (caused by bomb) at 15.20 local time in central Oslo.

 

PM Jens Stoltenberg is safe.

 

A man shot at young people at a political youth camp in an island close to Oslo. He killed at least 4 there. According to a witness there are 20-30 dead bodies lying on a beach. This has to be confirmed.

 

There might be a connection between both the bomb in Oslo and the shooting in the island.

 

Act of terrorism is likely.

 

Norway has been threatened on the Internet. The threath was related to Norwegian efforts in Afghanistan and Libya.

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Norway has been threatened on the Internet. The threath was related to Norwegian efforts in Afghanistan and Libya.

 

Right, it will be interesting to see the political reaction. Odds are you'll see people calling for an increase in Norway's participation in NATO and % of their GDP that goes to military/police spending.

 

Norway is one of the few Western countries that is actually running a surplus (at least for now), mostly thanks to their oil exports.

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Oh you don't have to interpret that as a joke. It's a distinct possibility, if you have pattern recognition.

 

I'm going to ignore the rudeness of this comment and assume it's unintentional.

 

Perhaps the Norwegian government will give the Nobel Peace Prize to the bombers! ;)

 

You're telling me that's not a joke? If it isn't, you should seriously think things through more the next time you post. That statement is so horribly timed, and incredibly offensive. Seriously, act like a damn adult.

 

And just for the record, it was out of the blue. And that's why it happened, "they", and I'm using "they" because I'm not sure who's responsible, knew this would be huge because Norway has never been attacked like this before. This whole bombing was never about killing, it was about sending a message and making people feel insecure and unsafe.

 

The shooting is the worst for me, not because I don't feel for the victims and affected of the bombing, it's because there were 700 people on the island where the shooting happened. most of them teenagers, some of which I know personally.

 

This is a tragedy and not one that should be laughed at. In a few weeks, maybe you can get away with a few jokes, but right now it's just too damn soon.

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This is a tragedy and not one that should be laughed at.

 

I'm not laughing at the tragedy. I'm laughing at your government.

 

There will be many rousing speeches given by politicians soon, eager to be generous with taxpayer money "in order to stop this sort of thing from ever happening again!" Just wait.

 

because Norway has never been attacked like this before.

 

I watched a movie recently called Max Manus, maybe you've seen it? Norway has been attacked, but maybe your memory is short.

 

EDIT:

 

http://twitter.com/#!/ketilbstensrud/status/94457520512446464

 

Here they come, just minutes after the bombing. We must change the laws of Norway to conform with the laws of other Western nations. We need stricter punishments, and this will keep us safe.

 

http://twitter.com/#%21/birgittaj/status/94417304485507073

 

And here come the heroes to save us - the military police.

 

It's so predictable.

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I'm not laughing at the tragedy. I'm laughing at your government.

 

There will be many rousing speeches given by politicians soon, eager to be generous with taxpayer money "in order to stop this sort of thing from ever happening again!" Just wait.

 

 

 

I watched a movie recently called Max Manus, maybe you've seen it? Norway has been attacked, but maybe your memory is short.

 

I would think of WWII as an exception, you know what with the whole being a frickin' world war and all. No need to be rude here, although it seems you can't make a coherent arguement without it. Oh dear, now I'm doing it too. This is not the time to be fighting over the internet. I'm calling a verbal truce. I don't have the energy to fight right now.

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PM is holding a press conference as we speak...7 dead in Oslo and 9 at Utøya, but those numbers will probably increase.

 

I realized while away that someone on Facebook had posted that they were at Utøya, so I was pretty worried all day. Turns out she's okay, but that two guys I used to go to school with are there as well.

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Well I'm not exactly fighting with you, I don't want to make enemies on here. ;)

 

I just like to say provocative things and I'm trying to be on-record predicting what will happen next. It adds to my Nostradamus-aura!

 

In reality I love Norway and the Scandinavian countries. I think of all the Western nations, they are among the least-authoritarian. That's why this bombing makes me sad... I'm afraid that will change now.

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I just saw this on the news! :| I couldn't believe! Me and my parents were shocked :( Seriously horrible...

 

The journalists were saying that it was an attack by an Islamic terror group in response to the offences to their prophet in a cartoon (at least it was one of the reasons) :| They kill people because of a cartoon...

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