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Explosion In Norway

July 22, 2011 by staff 

Explosion In NorwayExplosion In Norway, A huge explosion outside the headquarters building of the government in Oslo, Norway on Friday, leaving several dead and wounded at least one person. The massive explosion broke in Oslo in the government building of 20 floors, which houses the prime minister’s office and damaged several nearby buildings. The explosion also caused a fire in a six-story building, the Ministry of Oil.

“There were one or more powerful explosions in the government district of Oslo,” Oslo police said in a news release. “Until now, the police can not say anything about the extent of damage, plus it has been one or more explosions.”

The official cause of the explosion of Oslo, which occurred shortly before 3:30 PM local time, has not yet been determined. The street next to the damaged buildings was filled with rubble and blackened; smoldering remains of a car can be seen in some photos and video of the scene. This has led some to speculate that the explosion could have been a terrorist car bombing.

Eyewitness accounts are contradictory on this point and it is unclear whether more could have been a blast. Some in the place said they heard a huge explosion, while others have stated that they heard at least two loud explosions.

Norwegian Kristian Amundsen Secretary of State told the BBC that the authorities believe that “there are still people in the buildings” damaged by the explosion. “I can not go into details,” he said.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was not in his office at the time of the explosion of Oslo and is safe, a government spokesman said in a news release. However, several others were wounded and at least one person was killed.

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