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 Stephen Walski on July 22, 2011 at 1:17pm

And plenty of muslims shun the cowards who resort to jihadist activities.  If you think they arent glorified in private you dont know many christians. 

Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 1:19pm

And when bibles are burned or people make fun of Jesus - their feelings might be hurt but they don't go cut heads off or resort to terror.

Case in point: Woman Destroys Controversial Jesus Art in Colorado and she is the one arrested and the exhibit of gay Jesus was repaired and went back on in display. A Pastor in Florida threatens to burn a quran, heads are being cut off at the United Nations in Afghanistan. Cartoons are drawn - Muslims act like savages. Imagine instead of a gay Jesus exhibit it was a gay Muhammad exhibit....what do you think the result would have been??

Comment by Stephen Walski on July 22, 2011 at 1:23pm

Im sure you will still go on your muslim tirade. But i will not be one of the people on this site to help give you a platform for hatred.

Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 2:02pm

Thanks Michael. I apologize for my confused state. I thought you were joking that there was a shooting at a Christian youth camp as to say "Christianity is violent too" - I had been conversing with Stephen on another thread simultaneously and I had you confused for him for a short time. I apologize for the confusion and my tone.

Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 2:04pm

Join the thread by Arcus as he lives near Norway and Hannah lives in Norway very close to Oslo...:

Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 2:07pm

And plenty of muslims shun the cowards who resort to jihadist activities.

Not really brother. The families of Martyrs are not only paid a sum - but the terrorists themselves are glorified with drawings and are considered national heroes (referring to Palestinian terrorists at the current moment). And in fact - the Palestinians voted in terrorists as their leaders. How joyful.

You don't need to give me a platform buddy. Islam provides plenty of platform and ammunition by itself and its actions.


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