Dual attacks in Norway
July 22nd, 2011
10:20 PM ET

At least 87 dead after pair of attacks in Norway; suspect in custody

[Update: 10:20 p.m. ET, 4:20 a.m. Oslo] At least 80 people are dead as a result of a rampage Friday on Norway's Utoya Island, police said Saturday.

Norwegian authorities say the attack, which occurred at the ruling Labour Party's youth camp on an island outside the capital, was linked to a bombing earlier Friday in the heart of Oslo.

The death toll from the bombing still stands at 7, Norwegian Police spokesman Are Frykholm told CNN.

A 32-year-old Norwegian man is in custody, he said.

"For now we have arrested one person and he is being held in custody and we are investigating further based on information we're getting from him," he said.

Q&A: Why Norway?

[Update: 8:15 p.m. ET, 2:15 a.m. Oslo] The scene after a bomb exploded in the center of Oslo on Friday reminded New Yorker Ian Dutton of what he witnessed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

The scale of the Oslo explosion was smaller than that of 9/11, but the stunned feeling and confusion in the aftermath were eerily similar.

"Seeing the emergency response gives me that same feeling in my spine of being in someone's crosshairs," Dutton said.

Read more witness accounts of the blast in Oslo

[Update: 6:54 p.m. ET, 12:54 a.m. Oslo]The official death toll as a result of Friday's explosion in Oslo stands at 7 and 90 people have been hospitalized, a spokesman for the city's mayor said.

Police have finished searching damaged buildings for dead and injured, spokesman Erik Hansen said. One of the city government's chief concerns overnight is finding shelter for the numerous elderly people whose homes were damaged in the blast, Hansen said.

[Update: 5:40 p.m. ET, 11:40 p.m. Oslo] Undetonated explosives were found on Utoya Island, where a gunman opened fire earlier in the day on a Labour Party Youth Camp, Oslo, Norway, acting Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said late Friday night.

Authorities believe the man traveled to the island from Oslo, where at least seven were killed in a bombing in the city center. The suspect, a 32-year-old Norwegian, was taken into custody after he killed or wounded an unknown number of people, Sponheim said.

[Update: 5:07 p.m. ET, 11:07 p.m. Oslo] A Norwegian man was arrested Friday in connection with attacks in Norway, officials said at a press conference Friday.

Norwegian Justice Minister Knut Storberget said Friday that he was not familiar with "any threats connected to these attacks," a reference to a large explosion in Oslo and a mass shooting on Utoya Island.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg added that it is "too early to say anything about motives."

[Update: 5:02 p.m. ET, 11:02 p.m. Oslo] Norway will stand together after a pair of deadly attacks Friday and won't be bombed into silence, the country's prime minister said Friday.

"I have a message to those who attacked us. A message from the whole of Norway. You won’t destroy us. You won't destroy our democracy. We are a small but proud nation. No one can bomb us to silence. No one can scare us from being Norway," Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said.

"And when tomorrow comes, let’s show the world that the Norwegian democracy still stands strong. The most important thing tonight is to take care of each other."

[Update: 4:12 p.m. ET, 10:12 p.m. Oslo] At least 9 people were killed in a shooting Friday at Norway's ruling party youth camp on Utoya Island, police in Norway said.

The two attacks are definitely linked, a police spokesman said. The person detained in Utoya was allegedly seen around the government building at time of explosion. The man, who is still being questioned, is tall with blonde hair, “Nordic appearance,” police said.

Elsewhere, New York City's police department deployed "critical response vehicles and other resources" Friday to protect the consulates of Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden after a pair of deadly attacks in Norway, Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne said.

Police in New York, which was a site of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, are monitoring events in Norway "for further details and possible motives, but we have no information at this time indicating a specific threat against New York City," Browne said Friday.

[Update: 4:04 p.m. ET, 10:04 p.m. Oslo] A US official says it is still “really unclear” who is behind the explosion and shootings in Norway.

“This doesn’t have the hallmarks of a big sophisticated attack,” the official said.

The official also said it is not clear whether the Norwegian Prime Minister was the target or whether it was someone or something else.

A U.S. counter-terrorism official also said it is "too early in the game" to know who is responsible for the attacks. The official said there had been nothing to lead officials to believe something was imminent in Norway.

[Update: 3:08 p.m. ET, 9:08 p.m. Oslo] Oslo University Hospital confirmed they have 11 people seriously wounded from the attack in downtown in the hospital.

They also now have eight people wounded from the shooting on the island. The hospital could not provide the condition of those eight people.

[Update: 3:08 p.m. ET, 9:08 p.m. Oslo] Emily Anderson of Fargo, North Dakota, was in a store a block from the blast with a younger sister and a younger cousin.

“You could see tons of smoke pouring out of this building. It was extremely loud. Two actual noises. We just took off. Nobody knew what was going on," she told CNN. "Everybody was standing around in shock. My instinct was to grab the girls and run back to the hotel to be with the family. We made it back to the hotel in a minute. I thought we were going to die. It was scary. It felt like 9/11.”

Four blocks away, Dawn Lubka was in her hotel room at the Comfort Hotel Børsparken when the blast went off. At first she just assumed it was a construction accident, as there are lots of new buildings and a new opera center going up on the block. When she talked to the concierge and looked online, she found out what had really happened.

“I asked the concierge, politically, why would they have bombings here?" she she told CNN after submitting an iReport. "The Norwegians couldn’t believe that it could be a bombing in their city. He said, honestly, ‘It’s because we’re friends with you. Because [Norway] is helping with troops in Afghanistan.’”

[Update: 2:39 p.m. ET, 8:39 p.m. Oslo] U.S. President Barack Obama extended his condolences to the victims of the violence in Norway on Friday, saying the incidents are "a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring."

Obama said the United States is prepared to assist in Norway's response to the violence.

"Our hearts go out to them," he said.

[Update: 2:37 p.m. ET, 8:37 p.m. Oslo] Jane Owen, the British ambassador to Norway, told CNN that the attacks today signifies a new reality for the country.

"Like many other countries, Norway has been working to combat the risk of terrorism," she said. "But as we all have experienced, you can never be totally prepared for the horror and tragedy that unfolds when you have a major terror incident."

[Update: 1:58 p.m. ET, 7:58 p.m. Oslo] Seven people were killed in an explosion in downtown Oslo, Norway, on Friday, police said. Two people were severely injured, they said.

[Update: 1:46 p.m. ET, 7:46 p.m. Oslo] Fabian Stang, the mayor of Oslo, Norway told CNN that "this situation is under control, but it's been a terrible day."

"Today we think about the people in all other parts of the world who have been in the same situation," Stang said. "We are of course shocked."

He confirmed police reports that there was a bomb attack, but said they were unsure if it was a terror attack.

"It's a terrible situation" either way, he said.

Stang said he was also distraught about the shooting at the youth camp where young people had been killed.

"They are 16, 17 years old and they should not be treated like that," he said of some victims.

Stang said while he felt in some ways the city had been under attack, Oslo would prevail.

"We will take the city back," he said.

[Update: 1:54 p.m. ET, 7:54 p.m. Oslo] Two people are confirmed dead and 15 injured in an explosion in central Oslo on Friday, police told CNN on Friday. Police are urging the public to limit the use of cell phones in order to keep networks free.

A political adviser for Norway's Labour Party told CNN that Norwegian media were reporting that seven people were killed and more very badly wounded.

[Update: 1:46 p.m. ET, 7:46 p.m. Oslo] NATO's Secretary General strongly condemned the attack in Norway.

"On behalf of NATO, I condemn in the strongest possible terms the heinous acts of violence in Norway. I would like to convey my sincere condolences to the Norwegian government, the Norwegian people and the families and loved ones of all those who suffered in these cruel and cowardly acts," the statement said. "Our solidarity with Norway remains steadfast. NATO countries stand united in the battle against these acts of violence."

[Update: 1:38 p.m. ET, 7:38 p.m. Oslo] The police have good reason to believe there is a link between the shooting on an island where a Labour Party youth camp was taking place and an explosion in central Oslo earlier, police spokesman Bjorn Erik Sem-Jacobsen tells Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.

He is the spokesman for the police station nearest to Utoya island, where the camp is being held. The prime minister, whose office was badly damaged by the blast, leads Norway's Labour Party.

[Update: 1:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. Oslo] Morten Vaage was about 800 meters away from the explosion in Oslo when it happened. Before that, he’d been at a parade to welcome his brother and other soldiers back from Afghanistan.

“The Norwegian Defense Minister was there to address the soldiers, and emphasized how lucky we are to live in this country of Norway, where we are safe and free. She emphasized how much our effort means in order to build a safe and free country in Afghanistan, and again linked this to our good life in Norway,” Vaage, an iReporter said, noting the sharp contrast between her words and the subsequent explosion.

“It did not feel like Norway,” he said. “I heard the explosion and the whole central [train] station shook...people were shocked, some were crying, some were bleeding."

[Update: 1:23 p.m. ET, 7:23 p.m. Oslo] One person has been arrested on a Norwegian island where someone dressed as a policeman has been firing at a Labour Youth Party Camp, a police representative tells Norwegian state broadcaster NRK. Witnesses tell NRK the scene is chaotic and many shots have been fired.

[Update: 1:10 p.m. ET, 7:10 p.m. Oslo] NRK journalist Linda Reinholdsen told CNN she was told many of the youth have been evacuated from the mainland island where a shooter has opened fire. But not much more detail than that is known.

Reinholdsen also said that there is an indication that the death toll may climb from the blasts.

"There are still a lot of people dead inside the government building,” she said. “There are going to be a lot of people injured, a lot of people dead.”

[Update: 1:08 p.m. ET, 7:08 p.m. Oslo] Heide Bronke, a State Department Spokesperson, said the U.S. condemns "these despicable acts of violence."

"We are continuing to monitor the situation, including the safety and security of U.S. citizens," Bronke said. "Our hearts are with the victims and their families, and we have reached out to the Norwegian Government to express our condolences."

The U.S. has no confirmation of U.S. citizens who were hurt, she said.

[Update: 1:05 p.m. ET, 7:05 p.m. Oslo] National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor tells CNN: “The president was briefed on the explosion and reported shootings in Oslo by Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan.

[Update: 12:51 p.m. ET, 6:51 p.m. Oslo] iReporter Ulrik Fredrik Thyve said he was in his office when the blast occurred.

“The explosion was immense. My office felt like it contracted, expanded and windows were blown all over the building. Dust, smoke, people [were] bleeding everywhere. I walked out and towards ground zero to see if there was anything to do,” he said.

Thyve, who is also a freelance photographer, took some pictures of the area.

“Police evacuated us all,” he said.

[Update: 12:50 p.m. ET, 6:50 p.m. Oslo] A person dressed as a policeman has fired shots at the Labour Party Youth Camp on Utoya Island in Norway, Norwegian state broadcaster NRK and the press representative for the Norwegian state secretary said Friday. Many people are injured.

NRK says the shooting is continuing. It says there are about 700 people at the camp.

The location of Utoya Island in Norway, where a shooter has apparently fired shots at a youth camp.

[Update: 12:48 p.m. ET, 6:48 p.m. Oslo] Shots were fired at an Oslo youth meeting following the blast, police told Reuters, quoted by CNN TV. No further details were available.

A reporter with State TV broadcaster NRK is reporting that there is mass confusion within the city. The cause of the blast remains unknown, and no one has claimed responsibility.

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said it was far too early to draw any conclusions on whether it was terrorism and who would carry it out. But, he said, by looking at the extent of the damage, it was plain to see the hallmarks of a major attack.

Cruickshank said that in recent months, there had been increased "chatter" about Norway, which had been investigating militants suspected of being linked to al Qaeda.

Norway also drew the ire of al Qaeda for publishing the controversial political cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that appeared in a Danish newspaper and sparked outrage in the militant Islamic community.

The Scandinavian country also plays a part in NATO's operation in Afghanistan, and now, in Libya.

Norway has been largely spared from terrorism. But last December, an attempted suicide bombing in Stockholm shocked neighboring Sweden.

In July of last year, Norwegian authorities announced the arrests of three suspects in connection with an investigation into terrorist plots in New York and the United Kingdom.

The three were suspected of plotting terrorist attacks and having connections to al Qaeda, the prime minister's office said at the time.

Stoltenberg, who has been prime minister since October 2005, heads a coalition government made up of the Labour Party, the Socialist Left Party and the Centre Party.

[Update: 12:31 p.m. ET, 6:31 p.m. Oslo] iReporter Ian Dutton of New York told CNN when the explosion occurred he was sleeping in his hotel room. "The concussion was [such] that I felt like my bed was struck by lightning … I thought it was an earthquake but Norway is not prone to earthquakes," he said.

He said immediately after the blast, people on the streets seemed stunned.“There wasn’t even initial panic, but more of a shock or ‘how could this be?” he said.

The streets in the blast zone were strangely quiet after the commotion, he said. "Generally it’s a pretty-hopping downtown area, but not now," he said. "The bystanders are being kept quite a distance away."

The site of Friday's blast in Oslo, Norway.

[Update: 12:11 p.m. ET, 6:11 p.m. Oslo] State TV broadcaster NRK confirmed at least two people are dead following an explosion that rocked downtown Oslo, Norway.

[Update: 12:08 p.m. ET, 6:08 p.m. Oslo] Asgeir Ueland, a journalist with Norwegian state broadcaster, said as soon as the explosion occurred it smelled like a burned tire and he knew it wasn't just a gas explosion.

"I knew right away it was an explosion," Ueland told CNN.

Ueland, who said he has reported in the Middle East, compared attacks he has seen there to what he experienced Friday in Norway.

"This was bigger than anything I've seen," he said of other blasts he's seen.

Ueland described the reaction as groups of people in a state of shock.

"There were a lot of people running away crying and screaming," Ueland said.

[Update: 12:02 a.m. ET, 6:02 p.m. Oslo] Joakim Vars Nilsem told CNN that after the blast many people in Oslo were simply in panic and trying to figure out if there was an attack or an explosion going on.

“First of all we just felt tremendous pressure … people were just in shock … they didn’t understand where it was," he said. "People are trying to be calm … we just don’t know what happened right now.”

[Update: 11:53 a.m. ET, 5:53 p.m. Oslo] Ian Dutton, an airline pilot who arrived in Oslo Friday, heard a powerful blast and observed the aftermath from the vantage point of his 28th floor hotel room.

"It rocked me out of bed," he said.

Dutton, who lives in New York City, said that the scene reminded him of what he witnesses on September 11, 2001 there.

"Seeing the emergency response gives me that same feeling in my spine of being in someone's crosshairs," he said.

Ian Dutton, an iReporter, took this photo of the blast in Norway from his hotel room.

The building that suffered the explosion had a heliport on its roof, and now had beams hanging from it, Dutton, an iReporter, said. Most of the windows were blown off and curtains were dangling.

"I can see the warped metal of the building," he said.

There was a line of yellow ambulances by the scene, and a police cordon that kept onlookers back.

"I didn't know Oslo had so many ambulances," he said.

[Update: 11:46 a.m. ET, 5:46 p.m. Oslo] Jon Martin Larsen, head of media for the Norwegian Red Cross, told CNN: "The Norwegian Red Cross has established its own crisis team and is in contact with the municipality of Oslo and the police, ready to assist with whatever they need of first aiders, rescue teams, ambulance or caretakers either in the city center or at the hospitals."

[Update: 11:23 a.m. ET, 5:23 p.m. Oslo] A bomb exploded in a government area, a press officer at Oslo Police Station confirmed to CNN.

“There has been a bomb explosion in the government area," the officer said. "At least one person is dead and a number of people are injured, we don’t have the exact number yet."

Medics treat some of the injured at the scene of an explosion in Oslo, Norway.

But that spokesperson said so far they don't know what the cause was.

"We don’t know if this comes from a terrorist action, we don’t know yet. We don’t know exactly how many explosions were yet," the spokesperson said. "Oslo Center has been evacuated."

People rush to help what appears to be an injured woman after a blast in Oslo, Norway.

A U.S. official says it is too soon to tell what caused the explosion in Oslo or whether it is a terrorist attack. The possibility of terrorism is always a concern because of the ongoing threat from al Qaeda to launch attacks in Europe.

[Update: 11:21 a.m. ET, 5:21 p.m. Oslo] Hans Kristian Amundsen, state secretary of Norway, said the country's prime minister was safe and working at an undisclosed location.

[Update: 11:03 a.m. ET, 5:03 p.m. Oslo]  Norwegian state broadcaster NRK says at least one person has died after a huge explosion rocked the center of the capital, Oslo. Dozens more are being treated in hospitals, NRK said, and all roads leading to the center of Oslo have been blocked.

A photo posted on Twitter via photo service Yfrog.com shows damage from a blast in Norway.

[Update: 11:00 a.m. ET, 5:00 p.m. Oslo] A hotel worker in Oslo's Grand Hotel, about a five-minute walk from the government building, said everyone in the hotel felt and heard the explosion, which felt like someone was shaking the entire building.

"It's crazy," she said, not wanting to be identified because she is not authorized to speak to the media on behalf of the hotel. "This happens in the big world, not in Oslo. I'm shocked."

Vivian Paulsen, media adviser for the Norwegian Red Cross, lives 20 minutes away from the center of Oslo in the northern outskirts of the city. She said she heard a "huge blast."

"I heard the big bang, I didn't think it was anything serious. I can still see smoke coming up from the place," she said, watching from her apartment balcony. She also heard sirens and ambulances.

As for Oslo, she said what others have been saying: Events like this don't happen in the northern European capital.

"There's occasional arrests of terror suspects we read about in the paper, or people planning something. I can hear ambulances and sirens."

[Update: 10:48 a.m. ET, 4:48 p.m. Oslo]
Nick Soubiea, an American-Swedish tourist in Oslo, told CNN he was less than 100 yards from the blast, which he described as deafening.

"It was almost in slow motion, like a big wave that almost knocked us off our chairs," he said. "It was extremely frightening."

He said the streets were crowded with people trying to get away from the center of the city. "There are people running down the streets, people crying, everyone's on their cell phones calling home," he said.

Crowds evacuate from downtown Oslo, Norway after an explosion.

[Update: 10:47 a.m. ET, 4:47 p.m. Oslo] A spokesperson for the Legevakten Hospital in Oslo, Norway confirmed the blasts in the downtown area but said they weren't sure how bad it was.

"Right now we are not too sure what has happened, we are watching the news and talking to the other hospitals," the spokesperson said. "We don’t know what caused it or how many people are injured."

[Update: 10:36 a.m. ET, 4:36 p.m. Oslo]  One explosion happened near a government building housing the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, said the reporter, Linda Reinholdsen. Another hit near the Norwegian parliament, she said.

A photo posted on Twitpic and then on Twitter shows damage from the blasts in Norway.

Several buildings in Oslo were on fire, she said, and smoke was pouring from them.

Gibbs, the journalist with Reuters, said he believes one explosion happened on an upper floor of a main government building. He said it blew out every window on the side of the building where the blast occurred.

One of the blasts damaged the Oil Ministry and left it in flames, he said.

[Update: 10:16 a.m. ET, 4:16 p.m. Oslo] At least one of the explosions happened near some government buildings, said Walter Gibbs, a journalist with Reuters. He said he saw eight injured people, including two or three with serious wounds and one who looked dead. Reuters reported that the prime minister was safe.

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[Update: 10:11 a.m. ET, 4: 11 p.m Oslo] A second blast was heard in central Oslo shortly after an initial explosion rocked the city, a reporter for Norwegian state broadcaster NRK told CNN Friday. Linda Reinholdsen said there was a state of confusion in the city and several government buildings were affected.

See photos from Norway state TV.

[10 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. Oslo] An explosion rocked a part of central Oslo, Norway, on Friday, state TV reported. State TV broadcaster NRK said on its website that windows in several buildings had been blown out and people were in the street bleeding. News reports suggest the government building has been affected.

soundoff (2,836 Responses)
  1. TheDane

    It´s horrible. It seems like my country, Denmark is the only country that hasn´t been hit....

    Norway and Sweden are our neighbours....and I feel for them both :-(

    July 22, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Nato

      Denmark has been hit, it was a failed attempt.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dannevirke

      You're right, I'm also from Denmark, but it has been close many times. Our intelligence service has been good. thanks for that.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sylvia

    And this couldn't be the act of the ruthless Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka (many of whom are sheltered in Norway)– they would not kill innocent unarmed civilians.. Rrright??

    July 22, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • gliese42

      Sri Lankan Tamils prefer to leave in peace and prosperity but this situation sounds similar to Stocholm

      July 22, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • koppe

      It's possible... But considering Norway tried to broker a peace-agreement between the Tigers and the Sri Lankian government, it seems unlikely. Noways certainly was sympathetic enough towards the Tigers and the cause.

      July 22, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Awake

    It was probably an Israeli/USA/Mossad/CIA false ag operation to gain momentum on more illegal invasions. I bet they blame Iran or Pakistan or Libya.

    July 22, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • mikesmom

      You are absolutely in need of an education.

      July 22, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • gliese42

      What about LeT, Hamas or Hizbollah

      July 22, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • dnel

      You are probably right. This is another stunt to take away more rights from people.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • LongPigLover

      Yeah, because Muslims are always innocent, yes?
      Even if guilty it's because they were under control of Mossad, yes?

      Sigh.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Spoke like a true Arab.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ChristianM

    No second explosion – just some glass falling off a buiilding after the first explosion.
    Check with NRK http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/norge/1.7722919 and Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/Lise_79

    July 22, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Morten

    There havent been any second blast. I´m in Oslo, and only one bang!

    July 22, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. gliese42

    This incident looks similar to the attempted bombing at Stockholm. Better to check with the Brits about this incident

    July 22, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gaya

    Att Mr Eric Solhaim
    Pls start peace talks with who are responsible for these explosions..

    July 22, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. NIco

    Revenge on Osama..? Relax guys, I'm not saying it. But it COULD be.!

    I mean, they want revenge, don't they? Even though Norway is innocent

    July 22, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • abottime

      My forefathers faught and died to keep our nations free from the muslim invaders. But today the liberal lefties has brought these muslim roaches and infested our nation. This is what we deserve now. Future palistine or Egypt. Do not forget most of the nations were devout christians until they were run over by muslims. This is the future for our kids now. Live it and deal with it.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • abottime

      To all the lefties who claim that is someow our fault because of afganistan. All I have to say is this...
      1) What did India do in afganistan?
      2) Philipines?
      3) Darfur
      4) Southern Sudan?
      5) Thailand?
      6) China
      7) Kenya?
      8) Pakistan
      9) Russia
      10) Balkans

      July 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • nightcry

      @abottime
      Actually, perpertrator is christian fundamentalist of conservative political affiliation (not even far right wing !). He attacked liberal leftist government and their youth because of liberal immigration policies, meaning he is racist too and hate muslims, something like YOU !!!

      (And what about Balkans, you sick monkey, what you have to say about Balkan???)

      July 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Everyone realizes that there are people in the world that are angry and blow things up that aren't jihadists – right?
    Timothy McVeigh in example

    July 22, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Melk

      Norwegian forces have been killing Taliban and al-Quaeda fighters in Afghanistan for ten yers. The blast occurred between two government buildings. It also hit the HQ of a tabloid paper which has been publishing a certain set of cartoons. You connect the dots.

      July 22, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • And so...

      And most of the time it is jihadists? What's your point? Stop apologizing for them, its embarrassing.

      July 22, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael, Chapel Hill

      He is just a straw in a hay stalk!

      July 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hereinoslo

    I felt the explosion. The all building just shaked!!!!

    July 22, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Norway1

    Who said it was an attack? Or maybe you know something I don't.

    July 22, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Muvesz

      Both blasts targeted government buildings. That's a pretty big coincidence.

      July 22, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Nemion

      it is no gass leaks confirmed and car bombs just dont go off randomly whit other bombs.

      July 22, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Torbjorn Oslo

      Everyone in Norway says it is a BOMB, and Many says it was a CAR bomb..

      July 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Comeon

      @Norway "who said it was an attack?" Well, a huge bomb in a gov building and someone dress as a police officer shooting at people. Are you that dumb??

      July 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anny

      Uh! There was a bomb. A bomb is made by man, made to go off. A bomb that goes of is an act of terrorism, moron!!!

      July 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. edka

    Muslims again!!!

    July 22, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. OsloGuy

    Dude, NORWAY have never made fun of Islam and do not deserve this... There are many, many muslims living in Oslo in that area... And any attack against Oslo would be an attack against both Norwegians and Muslims.

    July 22, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Dane

      Naive comment. Muslims living in nonmuslim countries don't care about the natives don't kid yourself. Also, are you saying the Danes deserve to be bombed instead because of some stupid cartoon. I will never understand people who think terrorism is justified because of a drawing.

      July 22, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • david

      you're an idiot. I was born and raised in America. I am the most patriotic person you will ever see. I plan on commissioning as an officer in US Army, and I am a Muslim. I love this country more than I love my own life.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • CaesarAugustus

      Thank You for Serving!

      July 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mfm321

      @david, thank you sir!

      July 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      You love it more than your own life...unless you become committed to your religion you won't.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark H.

      since when do muslims care about attacking other muslims?

      July 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Historically they fight all the time. Look up what Shiite and Sunni mean? The argued over who was meant to have Mohamed's ministry after his death, and still fight. Then there's the Wahabi or Wasabi or whatever in Saudi, oh they fight all right. Radical muslims are not the whole story.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trondheimguy

      Actualy 9 out of 10 born babies in Oslo are muslims.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • originalnam2

      same across most of europe, not just norway

      July 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norsk

      This is not true.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • PEACEKeeper

      That's a comforting thought!

      July 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • pigbank

      That's not true! The last time i checked was some days ago and 4/10 are muslims!

      July 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nordic

      I so totally agree with you. I'm a Norwegian living in the US. If I got it my way Mullar Krekar would be back in Iraq years ago.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • terimwal

      I'm sure that what you say is true about Norway treating Muslims well. However, keep in mind that on 9/11 in New York there were people from 26 different countries killed and some of those were Muslims as well. It seems that what you are saying is that other places deserved what happened but Norway doesn't. Well, I believe that no one deserves to attacked in their own homes and places of business.

      We don't know who did this yet, but based on recent experience, it was likely done by radical Muslims. They don't care about who may or may not deserve it. They only care about propulgating violence over the slightest perceived insult. Being nice hasn't bought us anything. It's time for all countries to wake up and fight back against terror, or soon, we won't have a country to fight for.

      My thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families. And for Norway.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • musings

      I guess I'm just more resistant to conditioning against Muslims. I thought it might well be home-grown and golly gosh it is! But then if you are really dug in with prejudice, then you would feel that the right wing Nordic with blond hair who did these atrocities, these cowardly acts of sheer TERROR was somehow justified because there are Muslims in his midst. See how it works? Prejudice is hard to eradicate.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • herewego

      I believe your are the racist. all muslims are arab looking?

      July 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirty Duck

      Nobody deserves this even if they do make fun of the desert cult...

      July 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      and when did killing muslims ever stop muslim terrorist attacks. isn't Iraq MOSTLY muslim people? And bombs go off weekly killing innocent people who are muslim. So why would muslim people in Oslo prevent a muslim terrorist (if that's who did it) from setting off the blasts? These FAKE muslims, don't care who they hurt as long as they make the news.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some other norwegian guy

      Well, looking at the Norwegian involvement in Libya, and that the attack was targeted at the oil- and energy ministry, it may be Qaddafi sympathizers behind the attack.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Best point on this whole board....

      July 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • thefurious

      don't have to be mean to muslim terrorists for them to want to bomb. they want sharia law, any way it takes to get it

      July 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neo

      So and countrys "doing fun over the islam" deserve it on your logic?

      July 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      Muslims don't care about killing other Muslims. They figure that this will give them a "jihad" death and they will go to heaven.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Ruth, why don't you shut your STUPID mouth. You don't know what you're talking about.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teshaun

      alright now im muslim, a non religious one, just like non religious christians who never go to church, so allow me to tell you, hooooeee ! what you just said makes no sense, you're a judgemental disgusting person people like you make me sick, have a good one now!

      July 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • sad

      uuh...many many muslims live in the US and that didn't stop them...that has nothing to do with it

      July 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Agree 100%

      July 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peace

      ANGRY NORWEGIAN
      I don't get this. whenever anything happens they blame Muslims. We Believe in history, and history says non-muslims are the create of the bomb and explosives.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaysunstar

      Sounds like you are reading history books that teach lies.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lulz

      So you blame the chinese?

      July 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      So you blame the Chinese?

      July 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jega

      I agree with you. But also to mention that every body has forgotten that NORWAY helped LTTE terrorist group in SRI LANKA as well! so taste of NORWAY's own medicine!!!!!!!!

      July 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegnd

      The fact that an attack would harm muslims has not deterred extremist muslim terrorists in the past. Many muslims died in the world trade center attacks. The extremists do not respect their own faith's call to not attack women, children, non-combatants, or other muslims.

      We don't know that it was an extremist muslim attack, but we don't have any evidence that it wasn't, and the attack is consistant with their methods. This is how they attack, a soft target in a prosperous place, with as much of a spectacle as they can manage.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      actually, their religion teaches to kill the "infidels everywhere you meet them." You liberals deserve the carnage that you are brining upon your childrein in being muslim apologists. they would not afford you that same tolerance in their countries. they are a cancer seeking to change the world to their view.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      The Christian bible teaches that women are inferior and 2nd class. The Jewish bible teaches that Moses justified the genocide of two different peoples after Egypt because "God gave them Israel".
      You can pick and choose texts from any religion to make them sound crazy, including Christianity.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @ Tom – The Atheist bible (Origin of Species) teaches that black people are below Neanderthals on the evolutionary ladder, and, like your claim on the Christian bible, that women are second-class compared to men of the same race.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      (a) Origin of the Species is a very early text on evolution and is not considered to be an "atheist bible"
      (b) Everything you said is either a lie or a misunderstanding
      (c) Please educate yourself before offering opinions on others' beliefs

      July 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Idk what Christian Bible you are reading but Jesus allowed women to listen to his teaching thus be educated in that culture. So not inferior at all.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diana-H

      Completely agree with you. I am married to a dane and the same thing happens here.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diana-H

      I agree with you 100%. I am married to a dane and the same thing happens here. The scandinavians love to protect terrorists. Lets see how it feels when the terror comes to them.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      I really hope that rasisme will not grow after this terrible action. We don't know yet who is responsible. All muslims are not bombers, and not all jews either. There is crazy people all over. Lets stay together and live as usual.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Muslims killing Muslims? What an unheard of and absolutely unthinkable thing. That's completely unprecedented–oh wait, nevermind. Par for the course.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sssssssds

      why dose every body blame muslims

      July 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mjødtroll

      Is that really a question?

      July 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nico

      Islamofascists want to kill you because you're an infidel, don't you get it? You don't have to do anything to them, not offend them, not insult them, nothing. Your existence as an infidel is all the reason they need to want you dead. The sooner people understand this, the sooner they'll quit the futile attempts at appeasement, the sooner we can them on for what they are.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Yes, only people who have made fun of Islam deserve death and to be blown up, including their children... it's only right.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soft Target

      BS...I have family in Oslo and travel there quite frequently. My family and many others I've met there correctly view the Muslims as vermin sponging off the government taxpayer and bringing the culture down. I agree that Norwegians don't deserve this, but to act like they don't react to Muslims the same way as the rest of us is ridiculous.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norwegian

      You've met the wrong norwegians

      July 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • women from norway

      THANKS.. dont blame every norwegian. not our fault that u know idiots is it? and do u really think that we WANT krekar her== NO

      July 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • UhDude

      "There are many muslims living in Oslo"...well that explains it....

      July 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • nate

      People shouldn't be attacked whether they make fun of Islam or not.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacob

      The foiled terrorist attack on Norway in 2010 was led by Uighur Muslims originally from China. Norway and Germany took them in, and Western intelligence agencies fund and train them to attack China. They were supposed to only use their funding and training to attack China, just like the Mujahadeen was only supposed to attack the USSR. Again and again, Western "intelligence" has trained terrorists, only to have them turn on us.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • markus

      it wasnt muslims idiots it was a norwegian white male age 32 that killed all those teens

      July 23, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Round Up Time

    enough said.

    July 22, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marcos/Brasilia

    In Norway?...Why in Norway?

    July 22, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • toshmaster1

      because a beer costs 11 dollars

      July 22, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Elena

      Because Norwegians and Swedish are too arrogant and boring people, ignorant! that's why!

      July 22, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Draken

      @ marcos: Because Norway has an exceedlingly lax immigrant policy – meaning lots of muslims, combined with a poorly functioning intelligence service and a military presence in Afghanistan.

      July 22, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
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