More to follow.
(Reuters) — A huge explosion damaged government buildings in central Oslo on Friday including Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s office, injuring several people, a Reuters witness said.
The blast blew out most windows on the 17-storey building housing Stoltenberg’s office, as well as nearby ministries including the oil ministry, which was on fire.
Reuters correspondent Walter Gibbs said he counted at least eight injured people. The cause of the blast was unknown but the tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building. Police and fire officials declined comment on the cause.
Update at 10:14 a.m. ET: Although the source of the blast is unclear, Al-Jazeera TV notes that Norwegian prosecutors on Tuesday filed a terrorism charge against Mullah Krekar, founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam.
Update 10:30 a.m. ET: Video showing the devastation caused by the blast.
Update 10:35 a.m. ET
OSLO (Reuters) — A huge explosion wrecked government buildings in central Oslo Friday including Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s office, injuring several people, a Reuters journalist said from the scene.
The cause of the blast was unknown but the tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building and the damage appeared consistent to witnesses with that from car bombs. Police and fire officials declined comment on the cause.
The blast blew out most windows on the 17-storey building housing Stoltenberg’s office, as well as nearby ministries including the oil ministry, which was on fire. Heavy debris littered the streets and smoke rose over the city center.
Update 1:17 p.m. ET:
(Reuters) — A man dressed as a policeman shot and injured at least five people at a meeting of the youth wing of the party of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Friday after a blast in the capital, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said.
Police confirmed that shots were fired at Utoeya, an island south of Oslo where Stoltenberg’s Labour party’s youth section’s yearly gathering was taking place. Police were on the way to the island.
Update 1:26 p.m. ET: Five deaths confirmed at youth camp shooting.
(Mirror) — Five people have reportedly been shot at a youth meeting near Oslo, hours after a bomb rocked the Norwegian capital killing at least two people.
Armed police have been sent to Utoya island, 500 miles from Oslo, following reports that a man, dressed as a policeman, opened fire on the young people attending the camp run by the Labour Party.
A spokesman for Norway’s Labour Party says a gunman opened fire at the party’s youth camp outside Oslo, shooting several people following the bomb blast at the government headquarters in the capital.
Update 1:49 p.m. ET: Aftermath of car bomb.
Update 1:55 p.m. ET: Death toll from bomb blast now at seven, police say suspects are likely foreign.
(Guardian) — Norwegian media is now reporting seven people killed by the bomb blast and two seriously injured.
Police are saying they believe the person(s) responsible for the bomb to be foreign, according to the BBC.