Big bombs in Quisling country
“I saw three or four injured people being carried out of the building…” Â Â ReadÂ MoreÂ Â»
The cause of the explosion was not clear. Asked whether police suspected a terror attack, she said: “It’s too early to speculate in that.”—ya think?
The news wires are citing the terror charges against Mullah Krekar last week and other jihad-related incidents as possible causes. The Mosqito Mullah, who has been hauled up in Norway for many years now, has threatened many times that bombs would go off if the Norwegians come down on him. Â Now its happened. Which simply proves that there should be gov’t sanctioned assassinations, not protracted court cases that cost the taxpayer millions.
I bet the Norwegians are really suprised at how they backed the wrong horse in the Middle East. You know, that horse which is hugely anti-Semitic and blames Israel for all the ills of the earth.
OSLO, Norway (AP) â€” A powerful bomb tore open several Oslo buildings, including the prime minister’s office, on Friday, killing at least one person, a Norwegian news agency said. Several people also were injured, as the blast shattered windows and coated the street with documents.
A massive explosion caused by “one or more bombs” rocked central Oslo on Friday, killing “several” people, injuring dozens more and severely damaging government buildings including the Prime Minister’s office.
The blast, which occurred about 3.30pm local time on Friday, left at least a dozen people injured amid fears “hundreds” had died.
At least two people were confirmed dead from the blast, which occurred at the government headquarters which house the offices of Jens Stoltenberg.
It remains unclear what caused the blast or if it was a terrorism attack. A tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building.
The damage appeared consistent with that from car bombs. Authorities had no warning of the attack.
Meanwhile there were unconfirmed reports that youths at a political camp were shot by a man dressed as a police officer.
Police confirmed the explosion was caused by a “one or more” bombs. Local media reported that police had confirmed “several deaths”. Police urged people to stay of their mobile phones.
“This is very serious,” the Norwegian Prime Minister told local television in in a phone call from an undisclosed location.
He said that all cabinet ministers in the centre-left coalition government seemed to be safe.
He said it was too early to say if the blast was a terrorist attack. He said that police had advised him not to say where he was speaking from. Damage to buildings was as far as five blocks away.
The Prime Minister was reported to be safe. He had been scheduled to visit the areas outside the city on Friday.
“A powerful explosion has taken place in the government quarter,” Norwegian police said in a statement.
Injured people were seen lying on the street in pools of blood. Heavy debris littered the streets and smoke rose over the city centre.
There were reports of people trapped in the buildings hit.
The 17-storey building, which also houses Norway’s biggest tabloid newspaper VG, was reported to be on fire, with thick black smoke being seen for miles.
Witnesses reported the massive blastÂ blew out most windows in the buildingÂ as well as nearby government departments including the oil ministry, in Norway’s capital and most populated city.
The bottom floor appeared to be completely gutted
“I’m still in my work office and people here seem pretty freaked out and are ringing around friends and relatives like mad,” RuarÃ Ã˜degaard, an exatriate Briton living in Oslo toldÂ The Daily Telegraph.
“Also can hear quite a few police sirens even where I am.”
Mr Odegaard, 34, whose wife Kjersti is Norwegian, moved to Oslo in 2008 after growing up in Frimley, Surrey. He works for a software company a few miles from the blast site.
“She walked right past that building shortly before the explosion. Which kinda freaks me out!”, he added.
“The local media seem very confused.
“One minute NRK (national media like BBC) reported two explosions and then a moment later they retracted. So far no reports of deaths just injuries but again no figures as to how many.
“Being a tech company we have lots of foreign workers including quite a few Brits. As far as I know we are all ok.”
A witness called Sylvio, who lives close to the centre of the explosions said he arrived on the scene less than three minutes after the intial blast.
He told the BBC: “I saw people being brought out of buldings unconscious and people lying unconsious on the floor on the. They could have been dead or alive I just don’t know.”
Users on Twitter also described sheer panic.
“I fear that many 100s could be dead. Poor poor poor guard that worked in the first floor. :(:(,” one local trader posted on Twitter.
He added later: “There has not been any more blasts in Oslo after the one. It is confirmed that it was indeed a bomb.”
Another witness told public radio NRK: “I see that some windows of the VG building and the government headquarters have been broken. Some people are covered with blood are lying in the street.”
Ingunn Andersen, a local journalist, said: “There is glass everywhere. It is total chaos. The windows of the all the surrounding buildings have been blown out.”
Kjersti Vedun, who was leaving the area, added: It exploded – it must have been a bomb. people ran in panic and ran. I counted at least 10 injured people.”
Witness Ole Tommy Pedersen was standing at a bus stop about 100 yards from the high-rise when he saw the blast shatter almost all windows of the highrise. He said a cloud of smoke is billowing from the bottom floors.
“I saw three or four injured people being carried out of the building a few minutes later,” he said.
Other offices are being evacuated.
No other details were immediately known.
NATO member Norway has sometimes in the past been threatened by leaders of al Qaeda for its involvement in Afghanistan.
But political violence is virtually unknown in the country.
David Lea, Western Europe analyst, at Control Risks said: “It’s very difficult to tell what has happened. There certainly aren’t any domestic Norwegian terrorist groups although there have been some al Qaeda-linked arrests from time to time.
“They are in Afghanistan and were involved in Libya, but it’s far too soon to draw any conclusions.”