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2011 Oslo Blasts


A couple of explosions have rocked Oslo, the capital of Norway on July 22, 2011. The explosion happened at approximately 3:20 pm CET. The police received information about the explosion at 3:26 pm CET. The initial explosion occured near the Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office and the government building of Oil ministry. Local newspapers say that several car bombs had exploded at the same time at Youngstorget (Young's Square) in Oslo.

Earlier, a gunman opened fire at an island summer camp for young members of the Labor Party. Both attacks killed at least 87 people.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg unharmed

The blasts rocked the Prime Minister's office and other government office buildings nearby. Initial reports say that more than 8 people were injured in the incident. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is unharmed, as per the initial reports. No one so far has claimed the attack. The Prime Minister's spokesman said that Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is safe.

Most of the windows in the Prime Minister's building were shattered because of the explosion. The building has 17 floors. A cloud of white smoke rose hundreds of feet into the air and the sound of the explosion echoed across the city. US government sources on scene said that the explosion is the result of a massive vehicle bomb.

Atleast 8 persons injured, 1 killed

Reports say that at least 1 person is killed in the explosion and several others were injured. Rescue efforts are in progress. Eyewitnesses say that the injured people are taken out of the area in buses.

Oslo's police department released a statement confirming the blasts. "There has been a large explosion in the government buildings,"

Three Norwegian men were arrested in July 2010 on suspicion of terrorism. It is not clear if the explosions are a terrorist attack.

2011 Oslo Blasts in News

Explosion near Norwegian PM's office in Oslo
A loud explosion shattered windows Friday at the government headquarters in Norwegian capital Oslo which includes the prime minister's office, injuring several people.

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