Terror Bombing Rocks Oslo

VOA News

A powerful bomb rocked Norway’s government headquarters in the capital of Oslo on Friday, killing at least two people and injuring 15 others.

The powerful blast also set the nearby oil ministry building on fire.  Hundreds of windows in the 17-story government headquarters were shattered, as were others in buildings as far as 400 meters away. Thick, black smoke billowed from some of the offices, and streets in the normally quiet neighborhood were littered with debris from the explosion.

Hours later, Oslo police reported that a gunman disguised as a police officer opened fire on youths attending a camp sponsored by the ruling Labor Party. At least five people were wounded in the attack. Authorities said they dispatched anti-terror police to the campsite on Utoeya island south of Oslo. It is not known whether there is a link between the bomb blast and the shootings.

The headquarters building in downtown Oslo houses the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, but a Norwegian spokesman said he and his staff were not injured. Police said two people were killed in the mid-afternoon blast.

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