Oslo Bomb Tragedy

Powerful bomb rocked downtown Oslo, the capital of Norway, on Friday (07/22/2011), at 16.30 local time (20:30 pm). So far, two people were reported killed in bomb blasts, allegedly addressed to the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's.

The bomb exploded at the main government complex building in Oslo. Thick smoke billowed from the office complex, while the broken glass and debris littered the streets. CNN reported, residents in downtown Oslo immediately evacuated following the blast.

Reuters correspondent reported seeing eight people were wounded in the street. One person in a state covered with blankets, and looks dead. Norway's NRK radio reported that at least two people were killed in the blast. Meanwhile, news agency NTB said Prime Minister Stoltenberg survived because it was not at his office in the building.

The bomb destroyed almost all the glass windows of the building's 17 floors, and also damage the Oil Ministry building next door, which immediately caught fire.

Until this news was revealed no one has claimed responsibility for the blast. However, Norway has several times received threats related to his involvement as a member of NATO in the war in Afghanistan and the conflict in Libya.

John Drake, a consultant at security consultancy AKE, London, said the attack was similar to the terrorist attacks in Stockholm, Sweden, last December. "The attack (in Stockholm) was then claimed as revenge for the involvement of Sweden in the (war) in Afghanistan," said Drake.

David Lea, an analyst at Control Risk Western Europe, said it was too early to say who was behind these bombings. "Clearly there is no terrorist organization in Norway, although many of the detention of people linked to al Qaeda. (Norway) are involved in Afghanistan and Libya, but it is too early to draw any conclusions," he said. (Reuters / DHF)

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