Oslo Norway Explosion
July 22, 2011 by staff
Oslo Norway Explosion, A powerful explosion tore apart several buildings in Oslo including the prime minister’s office on Friday. One person was killed and many injured as the blast shattered windows and lining the street with the documents.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is safe, government spokeswoman Camilla Ryste told the AP, but it was unclear if that meant he was unhurt. Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said one person was confirmed dead.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the explosion. NRK showed video of a black car lying on its side amid the rubble.
Most of the windows in the 20-story skyscraper flew out and the floor appeared to be gutted. Nearby offices were also badly damaged and evacuated, including housing some of the leading newspapers in Norway and the news agency NTB.
Ole Pedersen Tommy witness was a bus stop about 100 meters (yards) high rises around 3:30 pm (1330 GMT) when the explosion occurred.
“I saw three or four people injured are carrying out building a few minutes later,” Pedersen told AP.
An AP reporter who was in office NTB said the building shook from the blast and evacuated all employees, as the alarm went off. On the street, saw a person with a leg injury left the area.
The building houses the offices of Prime Minister and his government. Several ministries are in surrounding buildings.
The blast comes as Norway is faced with a homegrown terrorist plot linked to al-Qaida. Two of the suspects are in jail on charges of waiting.
Last week, a prosecutor of Norway filed a complaint against a cleric born terror in Iraq to threaten politicians in Norway death if deported from the Scandinavian country. The indictment focused on statements that Mullah Krekar – founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam – sent to various media, including U.S. network NBC.
Terrorism has also been a concern in neighboring Denmark, as a scandal over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad six years ago. Danish authorities say have disrupted several terrorist plots linked to the 2005 cartoons sparked protests in Muslim countries. Last month, an appeals court on Wednesday sentenced a Danish one Somali man 10 years in prison for breaking into the home of the draftsman.
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