Norway Police: Oslo Explosions Caused by Bomb Attack

World | July 22, 2011, Friday // 18:12|  views

A TV grab from the BBC showing the extensive damage done to government buildinds in downtown Oslo by a bomb attack.

The blasts that rattled the Norwegian government complex Friday afternoon in downtown Oslo have been caused by a bomb, according to Norway's police.

At least two persons are reported to have been killed, eight others are reported to have been injured, according to Norway's national broadcaster NRK, cited by the BBC. Seven people have been received at the Oslo University Hospital with injuries after the explosion.

NRK also reported that the police authorities have confirmed that the explosions were caused by a bomb attack.

It is still unclear who is behind the attack in Olso, and if it is the case of terrorism with local or international grievances.

Guesses range from local causes to Norway's participation in the NATO-led ISAF mission in Afghanistan and in the NATO-led air strikes against the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and to the fact that cartoons of Prophet Mohammed were published in a Norwegian magazine.

Commentators have reminded that neighboring Sweden's capital Stockholm saw explositions that seemed to be Islamist-related in December 2010.

Norwegian news agency NTB has announced that Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is safe. According to local media reports, the blasts were directed against the VG, whose office is in the same building.

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