Breaking: Explosion hits government offices in Oslo; Update: Bomb confirmed, say police; Update: AQ group takes credit?

posted at 10:36 am on July 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

A “huge explosion” has hit Norway’s government headquarters in Oslo.  According to the Associated Press, injuries have been confirmed, but no deaths at the moment, and the Prime Minister seems to be safe:

A loud explosion shattered windows Friday at the government headquarters inOslo which includes the prime minister’s office, injuring several people.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is safe, government spokeswoman Camilla Ryste told The Associated Press.

Witness Ole Tommy Pedersen was standing at a bus stop about 100 meters (yards) from the high-rise at around 3:30 p.m. (1330GMT) when he saw the blast shatter almost all windows of the 20-floor highrise. He said a cloud of smoke is billowing from the bottom floors.

The building also houses offices of leading Norwegian media outlets.  It’s not clear what happened yet, let alone who was targeted and why (or even if, as this could have been an accident), but a blast that blows out windows all through a 20-story building had to be pretty powerful.  If everyone survived it, it would be almost miraculous.

We’ll keep an eye out for updates.  So far, CNN hasn’t covered it, and the wire services haven’t had much more to say than what’s above.

Update: Aftenposten strongly hints that this was a bomb, although in the same report it says that the cause had not yet been determined. They also have this short video of the aftermath:

Whatever it was, it was big. NRK picks up on the Aftenposten report to say that there may be more bombs in the building (Google translated the Norwegian):

Several unexploded bombs

- You can not go through here, because there are still two bombs we do not know where is, police on site to Aftenposten.no reporters.

NRK.no do not know anything more about the circumstances of these bombs.

In Akersgata are many people looking [through the] government quarter. Glass doors are blown away. Police and fire departments are looking for casualties in the area.

Update II: From the AP at the original link, a potential motive:

The blast comes as the Scandinavian country has grappled with a series of homegrown terror plots linked to al-Qaida, and six years after an uproar over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in neighboring Denmark.

Last week, a Norwegian prosecutor filed terror charges against an Iraqi-born cleric for threatening Norwegian politicians with death if he’s deported from the Nordic country.

The indictment centered on statements that Mullah Krekar — the founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam — made to various media,
including American network NBC.

Update II: AP now says one confirmed dead. They also note a “blackened car lying on its side amid the debris,” which could indicate a powerful car-bomb blast.

Update III: Reuters reports that police confirm that the explosion was a bomb, and that there are now two confirmed dead from it.

Update IV: There has now been a shooting at a Norwegian youth camp that wounded five people that the media reports may be linked to the bomb attack. Sounds a little like a Mumbai scenario might be unfolding, and the web site Jihadica says that an al-Qaeda-affiliated website has a claim of responsibility from a group named Helpers of Global Jihad, via Poor Richard’s News.

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The Amish again? /s.

Oil Can on July 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Religion of Peace *TM

Lance Murdock on July 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM

FOX has it on right now

Weight of Glory on July 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM

The tentacles of the white, elderly Tea Party ‘baggers have a global reach; none of us are really safer until they’re all thrown into camps.

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Fox covering it now.

rcpjr on July 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Right now in every MSM news room in the country, they are all saying “SSSSSHHHH! Don’t say the word “muslim”.

pilamaye on July 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM

I hope they have a miracle and everybody is safe.

Got to love all that love and tolerance.

gophergirl on July 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

WOW! those pics seem to show it was quite a large boom

Weight of Glory on July 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Has to be those dirty rotten Jews.

NotCoach on July 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Witness on the phone with Fox is saying it was the Oil Ministry building … enviro-terrorists?

Tony737 on July 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Horse and buggy with Don’t Tread on Me flag noticed fleeing the scene.

AMISH TEAPARTIER

SirGawain on July 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Welp, I guess that knocks Norway out of any support for NATO or us.

KingGold on July 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Blaming it on the Kurds??

AH_C on July 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

What kind of people could get that p!ssed at Norway?
My prayers are with them.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I hope there are no fatalities and the injuries are slight.

dogsoldier on July 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

GASP!

The witness on the phone on Fox just said the word … (looks around) … (whispers) … muslim …

Tony737 on July 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

It’s that white middle class at it again.

darwin on July 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Right before the bombing, the terrorists ran out screaming “Allahu akbar!!!” “Our father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name,….:

portlandon on July 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

The tentacles of the white, elderly Tea Party ‘baggers have a global reach; none of us are really safer until they’re all thrown into camps.

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Hey, don’t dime me.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Prayers going up …

Tony737 on July 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

GP is carrying this from Reuters:

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.

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

The witness on the phone on Fox just said the word … (looks around) … (whispers) … muslim …

Tony737 on July 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Perhaps that person will be dragged before an international court for being unsensitive or something.

darwin on July 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Christian terrorists? Druid terrorists? Wicca terrorists? Atheist terrorists? Can not be Islamic terrorists, they are the religion of peace.

IowaWoman on July 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Health care protesters.

/Bloomberg

juliesa on July 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Hard hitting MSNBC are covering … a black bear with a bucket on it’s head.

Tony737 on July 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Those pesky Episcopalians must be at it again….

TeresainFortWorth on July 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM

I didn’t realize the Tea Party was so active in Norway.

CDeb on July 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

100 to 1 that the Obama’s royal court and his jester “Carney” never mention the word “Muslim”.

darwin on July 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

The Norwegians brought in on themselves by reporting the fact that every rape in the country over the last several years was committed by…’foreign-born men’.

michaelo on July 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Hopefully it’s not as bad as it looks….. but i doubt it. I fully expect this to be the work of the usual suspects (yes, Muslim extremists… screw the PC nonsense).

Yakko77 on July 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Right now in every MSM news room in the country, they are all saying “SSSSSHHHH! Don’t say the word “muslim”.
pilamaye on July 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHA

They don’t have the word in their vocabulary unless it’s accompanied by “peaceful”.

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

I say the Dali Lama should be questioned about this. He looks mighty suspicious.

mizflame98 on July 22, 2011 at 10:47 AM

I’ll bet it was one of those toddlers or grandmas that the TSA is so concerned about and must grope profusely for explosives!

search4truth on July 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I didn’t realize the Tea Party was so active in Norway.

CDeb on July 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

QUIET!

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

It just can’t be Muslims because Norway is not fighting in the Middle East. If you don’t stick your nose in their business they will leave you alone….Ron Paul told us so and he is never wrong.

Big Orange on July 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

What kind of people could get that p!ssed at Norway?

Muslims hate Norway because Norway has troops in Afghanistan.

Tc0061 on July 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Isn’t Norway one of the only countries on the planet that at one point recognized Hamas and to this day refuses to classify Hamas a terrorist organization?..and hasn’t it in the past supported Israeli boycotts?

one second while I try to shed a tear..

galtg on July 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

The not-so-well-known terrorist group from England, the Walker Brigade, is suspected.

BobMbx on July 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

The DOJ is aiding the investigation by supplying a database of Christian, white middle class men to the Norwegian authorities.

darwin on July 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Hey, don’t dime me.
katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

This is PBHO’s America, calls now cost a cool buck.

Too late though, I informed the BATF about you and I got a nice lapel pin embossed with PBHO’s face in return.

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

CNN saying 1 fatality.

BallisticBob on July 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Muslims hate Norway because Norway has troops in Afghanistan Norweigians aren’t muslim.

Tc0061 on July 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

BobMbx on July 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I didn’t realize the Tea Party was so active in Norway.

CDeb on July 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

That Florida one in the wheelchair didn’t fool me a bit.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

OT: Senate just voted to “table” CCB. Anyone surprised?

milwife88 on July 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Sarah Palin’s violent ‘reload’ Twitter rhetoric have caused extremists around the world to act on their fears.

faraway on July 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Hope it was the DRIVER

IowaWoman on July 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Al Jizzeera claiming Jews and homosexuals did it.

darwin on July 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

OT: Senate just voted to “table” CCB. Anyone surprised?

milwife88 on July 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

No

darwin on July 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM

What kind of people could get that p!ssed at Norway?
My prayers are with them.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

FNC said earlier that a Norwegian paper had carried the Mohammad cartoons.

BallisticBob on July 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I pray for all those who have impacted by this cowardly act.

Speaking of cowards:

Update: Reid and the cowards in the Democratic Senate have chosen to vote to table CCB, virtually killing any chance for the Senate to amend the bill and send it back to the House. With no other plans, (real legislation), provided by the Senate, the debt ceiling increase is looking more like a failure.

Update: CCB Tabled, (by a narrow margin)—51-46. Harry and his Senate cowards can go home now.

Rovin on July 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM

See, the TSA was right to frisk all those Norwegian grannies from Fargo.

RBMN on July 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Muslims hate Norway because Norway has troops in Afghanistan.

Tc0061 on July 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

WTF? What kind of hateful person are you to assume a Muslim did this? Does DHS porno scan Muslims or grope their junk? NO! And there is a good reason for that. They are peaceful and above reproach. I say they better start looking at the CCTV feeds and find the 90 year old diaper wearing, wheel chair bound granny ASAP.

NotCoach on July 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM

This is what happens when you have an aggressive foreign policy. Norway needs to end its nation-building and withdraw its troops from the Middle east, Asia and Africa.

Norwegian adventurism is on trial here.

/Ron Paul

mankai on July 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Deport them all.

Take your country back.

Thune on July 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Interestingly, the BBC news website has this story from 8 July 2010 about al-Qaeda terrorists being arrested by Norwegian and US authorities for a suspected bomb plot. It’s a year ago, but maybe they missed someone?

Blaise on July 22, 2011 at 10:56 AM

The Oil Ministry? How about Gaddafi.

A.C. McCloud on July 22, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Update: Aftenposten strongly hints that this was a bomb, although in the same report it says that the cause had not yet been determined. They also have this short video of the aftermath:

WTF? Strongly hinted? What, or everyone in the building farted at the same time someone flicked their Bic?

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 10:57 AM

OT: Senate just voted to “table” CCB. Anyone surprised?
milwife88 on July 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Get this: There was no actual English word for “cut”, the word was probably derived from the Norwegian word “kutte”.

Oslo is in Norway.

“Cut” cap and balance was tabled on the same day that a bomb explodes in Oslo, Norway.

Spooky when you think about it. And mighty mighty suspicious.

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 10:57 AM

It’s just baffling. If only there were some common thread to all these terror attacks around the world.

Rational Thought on July 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM

A reminder: ALL Norwegian Rapists in 2010 Were Muslim

Norway has a problem with increasing muslim populations that want to bring their own gutter culture with them. Watch Norway, Belgium, and France; they are the flashpoints if islam in Europe.

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Former US military no doubt.

csdeven on July 22, 2011 at 10:59 AM

What kind of people could get that p!ssed at Norway?
katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Ever seen the militant anti-whaling groups?

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

The Oil Ministry? How about Gaddafi.

A.C. McCloud on July 22, 2011 at 10:57 AM

The Oil Ministry? How about Gaddafi.

A.C. McCloud on July 22, 2011 at 10:57 AM

He’s a little busy at the moment.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Hard hitting MSNBC are covering … a black bear with a bucket on it’s head.

Tony737 on July 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM

I thought Cenk Uygur already had left the network…

As far as background, Pajamas Media has posted a couple of stories this year on the problems facing Norway:

Oslo Car Fires Highlight Threats to Norway’s Future (July 15)

In Norway, an Awakening to the Islamist Danger (Jan 15)

jon1979 on July 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

The bomb went off one block from where I work. Huge explosion, shop windows 10-15 blocks away are all broken. Police told us to get out of the city center, as they believe there are more bombs waiting to go off.

xyan on July 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

What kind of people could get that p!ssed at Norway?
My prayers are with them.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

FNC said earlier that a Norwegian paper had carried the Mohammad cartoons.

BallisticBob on July 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Actually they have been having some problems lately keeping the terrorists happy in general:
Al-Qaeda’s Problem with Norway

whatcat on July 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Here’s a piece on Norway’s M-word problem by Bruce Bawer at Pajamas Media

EnglishMike on July 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

That’s what Norway gets for invading Iraq and Afghanistan.

Oh, wait…

Good Lt on July 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 10:57 AM

That just gave me a chill.

milwife88 on July 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Ever seen the militant anti-whaling groups?

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Oh yeah, but those dipsticks can’t even navigate, let alone build bombs.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Police told us to get out of the city center, as they believe there are more bombs waiting to go off.

xyan on July 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Be safe!

csdeven on July 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM

xyan on July 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Be careful.

milwife88 on July 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Jon beat me to it, but Bawer’s piece is a fine lesson on where super-tolerant Euro-style multiculturalism will get you.

EnglishMike on July 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM

It just can’t be Muslims because Norway is not fighting in the Middle East.

Big Orange on July 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Except that Norway has been fighting with us in the middle east – and that’s prolly exactly why this happened. Norway has been besieged with reports of Norwegian soldiers acting inappropriately on the battlefield – and some of those reports were colored with some Neo-Nazi overtones.

One quote that got wide attention during my last visit, and was posted across a major newspaper – was of a Norwegian soldier saying … “It’s COOLER to KILL than to F***!”

HondaV65 on July 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM

The bomb went off one block from where I work. Huge explosion, shop windows 10-15 blocks away are all broken. Police told us to get out of the city center, as they believe there are more bombs waiting to go off.

xyan on July 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Stay save.

darwin on July 22, 2011 at 11:05 AM

I think Ramadan started today

jp on July 22, 2011 at 11:05 AM

The bomb went off one block from where I work. Huge explosion, shop windows 10-15 blocks away are all broken. Police told us to get out of the city center, as they believe there are more bombs waiting to go off.

xyan on July 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Please do that NOW.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Dear leader speaking once again

Tabled CCB, and the gop will get the blame?

Send another bill right now

cmsinaz on July 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

I can hear Obama just came on Fox giving a speech in Maryland, excuse me while i shut off the TV.

heshtesh on July 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

That just gave me a chill.
milwife88 on July 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM

It should, as the GOP is obviously out of control. First they begin a program of pushing old people over cliffs and now…NOW…they’re blowing up Norwegians! Bunch of homophobes.

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

What kind of people could get that p!ssed at Norway?
My prayers are with them.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Muslims want to conquer the entire world and subdue all of it under Sharia Law by force. All the supposed ‘reason’s are complete and total b.s., targeted at our useful idiots.

jp on July 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I’m thinking it’s the work of militant Buddhists.

holygoat on July 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Maybe they will finally rethink their liberal immigration policies..

PatriotRider on July 22, 2011 at 11:09 AM

in every MSM news room in the country, they are all saying “SSSSSHHHH! Don’t say the word “muslim”.

You can’t spell Muslim without “MSM.”

Emperor Norton on July 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Must be white middle class home grown terrorists…

PatriotRider on July 22, 2011 at 11:11 AM

They gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Arafat and they still can’t catch a break.

Mark1971 on July 22, 2011 at 11:11 AM

I’m thinking it’s the work of militant Buddhists.

holygoat on July 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Smart money is on the Amish.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

My money is on “tea party activists” who are out of their limbic brains.

Greek Fire on July 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Dear leader speaking once again

Tabled CCB, and the gop will get the blame?

Send another bill right now

cmsinaz on July 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Force them to work over the weekend and get this done. DO THEY NOT KNOW WE ARE IN A CRISIS?
So sick of this. Still waiting to find out if we in the military are going to get paid on the first of the month.

milwife88 on July 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

This is in Norwegian but if you got Google Chrome it translates nicely.

Norwegian Soldiers were sent to Afghanistan to support the US effort there. Most Norwegians were under the impression they’d be doing “non-combat” type support. Whatever – the Norwegians did eventually get into the rough stuff and took to it like ducks to water – enthusiastically even – enjoying putting terrorists in the ground.

I see nothing wrong with that but … Most Norwegians didn’t agree with one soldier when he said killing terrorists was better than sex. This caused a huge outcry in Norway – with a growing group of Norwegians demanding that Norway pull troops out of Afghanistan.

I have no doubt the LEFT and the TERRORISTS (they are one in the same you know) … sensed that Norway was at “tipping point” for immediate withdrawal – and tried to push things along with a terror attack.

Not that this is proven a terrorist attack – but Norway is ripe for one even if it isn’t.

HondaV65 on July 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Those darn Swedenborgians! /

Seriously, I hope everyone’s OK

Sekhmet on July 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Dersom du se et eller annet, si et eller annet!

Mary in LA on July 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM

I blame the Quakers, and their insatiable blood lust.

Prayers to all those in Oslo.

juanito on July 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Suspect has been identified. Looks like some splinter group. –NYTimes

Abby Adams on July 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Dersom du se et eller annet, si et eller annet!
Mary in LA on July 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM

We don’t speak Chinese here, go somewhere else.

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Maybe it’s a cell of radical Bachmann-linked Lutherans.

Mark1971 on July 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Thanks guys, I’m home in my appartement now. Which is also downtown…

Looks like the target was the Department of Oil and Energy. A bit early to speculate, but Norway has been dropping a LOT of bombs over Libya lately.

xyan on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Ot:dear leader spewing SAME talking points once again

cmsinaz on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

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