Well, if anyone ever doubted that Norwegians start our weekend early and with a bang, this should provide ample evidence to the contrary. ;)
So it appears that our Government Quarter (Regjeringskvartalet) has been hit by a car bomb. Specifically, the buildings of the Departments of Oil and Energy, Trade and Industry, and Health, in addition to the PMs offices and the HQ of the largest tabloid newspaper. The Supreme Court is also a few meters away, though . A number of injured and two deaths (expected to increase) have been confirmed at this point, in addition to the property damage.The bomb was large enough to cause fairly widespread damage, windows crushed up to 1km away from the point of impact.
It's been a while since Norway last saw terrorism, and the Norwegian people are generally unprepared. As the story is developing, a number of erroneous reports are also popping up. The first was that of a second bomb, reported by the state news (NRK), which was later subjected to an erratum. More inaccuracies will most likely weeded out in the next few days.
The status of the city right now is that all traffic arteries having been closed in addition to all public transport. The immediate area around the incident area, which lies very close to the city center, has been cordoned off and the police report they are searching for two more bombs. The media and public is being fairly briskly turned away, both due to potential for more bombs and falling glass.
Who did it?
The current speculation is Islamic terror, though I would immediately rule out environmental terror (the Oil- and Energy dpt being the main target), or just random homegrown loonies. Our resident terrorist Mullah Krekar has confirmed that it wasn't him (he just wants to kill the next PM).
Whoever did it didn't plan too well. Though most Norwegians leave work around 15:30 on Friday's, it is in the middle of the summer vacation which usually makes 50-60% of the population of Oslo head elsewhere.
Interestingly, this happens the day after the Young Labor has their annual meeting. This year's message was a unilateral boycott of Israel for it's rough handedness towards Islamic terrorist. Don't think they'll receive much support from the people after this incident. In addition, the xenophobic, reactionary, populist "Progressive" Party (FrP) will most likely soar in popularity during the local elections in September.
I also expect a boost in military and justice spending, the worn slogan "Never again 9th of April" be replaced with "Never again 22nd of June".
Let there be no doubt: This is an attack on Norway and Norwegians. There will be a harsh response. (However, revenge Norse style is neither swift or rash. Our style is to wait until the scum has lived in fear for as long as possible. Just as he has gotten comfortable, we show up in the middle of the night and inform him about his impending death to gauge their personal honor. Those who plead for their lives will be tortured until they beg for their inevitable death. If this is not feasible, we'll hand them over to our friends the Russians to be dealt with appropriately.)
I guess this might become the lasting image, the damaged PMs Offices/High Block:
And to piss of those who most likely did it a bit more, here's my little personal revenge:
And a bit of nationalism. The tune which most accurately reflects the Norwegian Esprit de Corps: