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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HondaV65 on July 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM

If this is a terrorist attack I hope that they take the mentality of “put one of ours in the hospital, we put one of yours in the morgue”. I don’t know much about the Norwegian people but, I’m pretty sure they are not the “tuck tail and run” type. At least I hope.

milwife88 on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Meanwhile, O’hole is on his Communist Collegiate Indoctrination of the Children Tour at the University of Maryland.

PatriotRider on July 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM

katy the mean old lady: What kind of people could get that p!ssed at Norway?

Video HINT: 100% of Oslo rapes committed by ______(?)

Terp Mole on July 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Bushes fault for going into Iraq — Katey Couric

Bushes fault for not forcing worldwide conversion to Islam – Zawahiri

Bushes fualt for not raising taxes on the rich — Obama

Businessmens fault for manufacturing vehicles that can conceal bombs — Ralph Nader

“Our latest poll shows 75% of respondents blame Bush for Norwegian bombing.” — CNN

KW64 on July 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM

TPaw: “I am sure there is no connection between these bombings and Bachmann’s debilitating migraines”

faraway on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Be interesting to see how this turns out. I wonder if this will push the Nordic countries to begin to realize whats living in their midst, if this turns out to be a muslim terrorist.

KMC1 on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Just got off the phone with my sister in Oslo. She was only a mile away when the blast went off, but she could both hear and feel it when it happened.

Glad to hear the family is safe…

Norwegian on July 22, 2011 at 11:21 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

They got their @sses handed to them by the USofA….so now they go after the weaker nations. They have infested that society and now that Norway is pushing back, they are going to show them the error of their ways.

csdeven on July 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

I don’t know much about the Norwegian people but, I’m pretty sure they are not the “tuck tail and run” type. At least I hope.

milwife88 on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Norway is like any other place – they have “tuck and run” types and “stay and fight them” types.

Unfortunately – just like everywhere else – you can guess which group has the favor of the Norwegian News Media and is the most vocal.

HondaV65 on July 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Just got off the phone with my sister in Oslo. She was only a mile away when the blast went off, but she could both hear and feel it when it happened.

Glad to hear the family is safe…

Norwegian on July 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

We can at least be thankful for that.

Chip on July 22, 2011 at 11:24 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

Honey, please,please get out of downtown.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM

KMC1 on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

By the time they really get it, it will be too late. Has Europe wizened and toughened up since World War 2? I don’t know, but I don’t think so.

dogsoldier on July 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Anyone claim responsibility yet?

Betcha it a was some disgruntled Norwegian Amish-separatist group.

Chip on July 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Likely an Islamist terrorist attack, given the growing Muslim immigrant population in Norway and emerging news links to named individuals. Hopefully a wake-up call for Norway and all of Scandanavia because they indeed have enemies in their midst and the problem is growing. This is a sad and tragic moment — Norway’s been a peaceful, relatively unaffected country by Islamist violence, and with a meager population of only 5 million. Now they’re on the dark side of the universe like the rest of us.

16MPG on July 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Meanwhile, O’hole is on his Communist Collegiate Indoctrination of the Children Tour at the University of Maryland.

I’m looking out my window at the poor Secret Service snipers roasting in +103F heat on the roof of Ritchie Colliseum.

Campus paper comments thread open.

Terp Mole on July 22, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Ah…yea. Another “man-made” disaster!

SPGuy on July 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Time for the longboats and the horned helms.

Washington Nearsider on July 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

thankfully, these attacks will eventually bring good news- countries will hopefully start to stop muslims from emigrating to their nations, and there will be more monitoring of those who are already there.

PC fools are going to have to wake up one day and realize islam is a political ideology and not a religion as we know any other religion…so, just as we monitor militia idiots here, we will have to monitor all muslims in the same manner. you can’t be part of a movement started by a mass murdering child rapist and somehow think you have religious freedom on your side. it can’t work that way unless we all want to die.

TheBlueSite on July 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

CoEXisT, dude !!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 22, 2011 at 11:38 AM

It is time to halt all Muslim immigration. If that makes me a racist (or religiousist) then so be it. Followers of Islam are holding the world hostage and it is time to push back hard.

bopbottle on July 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Bank on Norway to respond with shrill attacks on Israel and jews in general

clnurnberg on July 22, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Given the political correctness that has poisoned Norwegian society I guess that all young blond women in mini-skirts and high heels are being rounded up as suspects to insure that no Muslims are discriminated against and that all Muslim men with beards are being ignored.

scrubjay on July 22, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Given the political correctness that has poisoned Norwegian society I guess that all young blond women in mini-skirts and high heels are being rounded up as suspects to insure that no Muslims are discriminated against and that all Muslim men with beards are being ignored.

scrubjay on July 22, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Only because they haven’t the sense to round up kids and old ladies with incontinence issues/

clnurnberg on July 22, 2011 at 11:54 AM

The good news is that the jihadis bungled bringing the building down.

faraway on July 22, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Meanwhile, O’hole is on his Communist Collegiate Indoctrination of the Children Tour at the University of Maryland.

PatriotRider on July 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM

That’s my college.

Needless to say, my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this apparent act of terror by…woah, no way…by Islamic extremists. Let’s hope as well that Norway and it’s neighbors don’t fold to these terrorists either.

JetBoy on July 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

I’m going to go out on a limb here and just guess that the name of at least one bomber is Mohammed.

MJBrutus on July 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Norway, which government consist of Socialist Left Party, got lot of immigratn from Somalia and north-eastern part of Pakistan..

Of course this got nothing to do with the explotion, as the socialist Left part says: colourful communion.

NORUK on July 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Norwegian on July 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

G*d bless.

IR-MN on July 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I’m going to go out on a limb here and just guess that the name of at least one bomber is Mohammed.

MJBrutus on July 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Nonsense. It’s a rogue leprechaun named Seamus.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM

What other Scandi country was there a car bomb set up recently? If I remember correctly, it killed the people setting it.

So, what happens if they catch the people? Do they go into one of those luxury Scandi prisons for a few years? What a joke!

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Bank on Norway to respond with shrill attacks on Israel and jews in general

clnurnberg on July 22, 2011 at 11:50 AM

I strongly doubt that.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 12:04 PM

When these things happen I get my news stories mixed up, didn’t one of these countries (Scandinavian) recently decide to restrict immigration of Muslims?

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Someone probably has beaten me to it, but …

The Norwegians should immediately trade land for peace.

doufree on July 22, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I don’t think so. Norway, however, is very antiIsrael.

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM

I don’t think so. Norway, however, is very antiIsrael.

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Hope people getting a clue from this “hint”.

the_nile on July 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

When these things happen I get my news stories mixed up, didn’t one of these countries (Scandinavian) recently decide to restrict immigration of Muslims?

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM

http://islamineurope.blogspot.com/2011/05/norway-mp-calls-to-reduce-muslim.html

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I strongly doubt that.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 12:04 PM

They are already very anti-Israel and very anti-jewish. They are also an increasingly muslim society. Norway will condemn Israel, boycott them and do whatever it takes to appease.

clnurnberg on July 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I don’t think so. Norway, however, is very antiIsrael.

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Links?

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM

They are already very anti-Israel and very anti-jewish. They are also an increasingly muslim society. Norway will condemn Israel, boycott them and do whatever it takes to appease.

clnurnberg on July 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Links? I have never heard this from any Norwegian.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Reports of shootings at children’s summer camp in Oslo.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Not muslims……ASIANS – that is the code in more civilized and PC countries!! And pls don’t get started on all those ASIAN rapists.

Ris4victory on July 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Reports of shootings at children’s summer camp in Oslo.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Huh?

BallisticBob on July 22, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Reports of shootings at children’s summer camp in Oslo.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Please, God, no.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM

The prime minister, whose office is in the building, survived the blast, a government spokesperson told The Associated Press.

Decapitation attempt. Better put your big boots on Norway. Wonder if King Harald V will invoke any of his reserve powers.

NaCly dog on July 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM

http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=381&PID=470&IID=1919

I suspect you could google Norway anti-Israel if you wanted to.

clnurnberg on July 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Reports of shootings at children’s summer camp in Oslo.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM

If that cowboy Obama hadn’t killed Osama, the new bosses wouldn’t be able to change tactics.

/

faraway on July 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Shooting was at AUF summer camp. AUF is some kind of worker’s party youth association

Tc0061 on July 22, 2011 at 12:27 PM

the same report it says that the cause had not yet been determined

Here is a hint. SLAMIAY.

BTW, does any one here know what Oslo was named before it was named Oslo?

Lon Chaney on July 22, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Reports of shootings at children’s summer camp in Oslo.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Just heard the same thing; at a Political Youth Camp where the former PM was supposed to speak today. Apperantly done by men dressed in Norwegian Police Uniforms. Definitely a coordinated attack if true.

Norwegian on July 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM

a man dressed as a cop armed with handgun has attacked a summer camp for children near Oslo (per FNC)

Ris4victory on July 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Somebody dressed like a police officer fired several shots

Tc0061 on July 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM

A man disguised as a police officer began shooting where prime minister Jens Stoltenberg was attending a Labour party conference at Utoya

faraway on July 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Reports of shootings at children’s summer camp in Oslo.
amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM

More info on that from Guardian UK live coverage feed:

“A man disguised as a police officer began shooting where prime minister Jens Stoltenberg was attending a Labour party conference at Utoya, Stoltenberg has just confirmed.
He said there is a ‘critical and serious siuation’ where he is (but he is safe).
He was speaking on the phone to Norwegian TV station TV2.”

whatcat on July 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM

BTW, does any one here know what Oslo was named before it was named Oslo?

Lon Chaney on July 22, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Christiania.

aquaviva on July 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM

BTW, does any one here know what Oslo was named before it was named Oslo?

Lon Chaney on July 22, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Christiania…. It was the official name while Norway & Denmark was in a Union (1347-1814) if I remember my elementary school Norwegian history class correctly.

Norwegian on July 22, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Yep, they are shooting at some youth meeting up there. Check AP’s twitter.

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I think this is the organizations web site. http://auf.no
Doesn’t appear that they have anything in English

Tc0061 on July 22, 2011 at 12:32 PM

I’m going to go out on a limb here and just guess that the name of at least one bomber is Mohammed.

MJBrutus on July 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

You will never get a job with TSA. On their test either Mike, Jennifer, Roger or Julie are correct answers, but not Mohammad. In fact if you answer Mohammad on that question your test is thrown away and you are escorted out of the classroom and building by armed guards.

Lon Chaney on July 22, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Wow. They don’t want people calling them because they are in hiding. Now, that’s scary.

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Norway will now be the stone that destorys the EU. The dreamof open borders claims more victims. Time to place multiculturlism into its grave a sa failed idea.

unseen on July 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Damn those middle-aged white male extremists!

roy_batty on July 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I read a lot of european blogs and twitters and none of them are even mention this. Weird.

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I woke up to an e-mail from my daughter-in-law saying that they were safe, and her family too. Good thing she did that because I would have panicked until I heard.

I fear that Norwegians have just lost their innocence.

Bob's Kid on July 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM

This is all routine, folks:

Just today’s muslim terror attack.

Get used to it.

pseudonominus on July 22, 2011 at 12:38 PM

They are already very anti-Israel and very anti-jewish. They are also an increasingly muslim society. Norway will condemn Israel, boycott them and do whatever it takes to appease.

clnurnberg on July 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM

What @ss did you pull that from? They ain’t the Swedes.

roy_batty on July 22, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I read a lot of european blogs and twitters and none of them are even mention this. Weird.
Blake on July 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Blogs are slower than social media. Check out Facebook or Twitter – for example:
http://twitter.com/#!/search/oslo

whatcat on July 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM

“They say that at least one person wearing a police-like uniform was firing shots with a handgun,” he said.

He says that the young people he talked to were hiding and dared not speak on the phone anymore for fear of being discovered by the perpetrator.

“Young people have to swim in panic, and it is far to the mainland from Utoya. Others are hiding. Those I spoke with did not want to talk more. They were terrified,” he said to VG Nett.

Animals.

mankai on July 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Report: Three dead at youth camp outside Oslo.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Looks like it’s time for the Norsemen to sharpen the seaxes, ready the longships, and go bearsark on they hineys.

skydaddy on July 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Does anyone know about the political groups in Norway? Any of them capable of this?

MeatHeadinCA on July 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Gro Harlem Brundtland was scheduled to speak at today’s event.

Five reported injured at the youth camp. Suspect was using a handgun.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM

What @ss did you pull that from? They ain’t the Swedes.

roy_batty on July 22, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Not really, he’s right to a degree. Almost every part of Scandinavia is politically correct socialist-run; i.e. extremely naive about about the Islamic terrorist threat.

whatcat on July 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Shooters reported at summercamp outside Oslo, may be in a police uniforms.

Samuel Marlowe on July 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM

unseen on July 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Norway is not a member of the EU, which is why their currency and the Swiss are doing well.

IR-MN on July 22, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Camp belongs to the AUF party, which is socialist/communist.

And the camp is reallly isolated. http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/3540337.jpg

Samuel Marlowe on July 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Here is an up-date from Drudge on this.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/jul/22/oslo-explosion-live-coverage

God be with all hurt or killed please.
L

letget on July 22, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Now there was a youth camp outside of Oslo that was shot up by a guy dressed as a police officer. Must have been one of those white bible and gun clingers the TSA featured in their terrorism video.

mizflame98 on July 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM

10 individuals admitted to hospital, several of them in serious condition, after the bombing.

Reports of four dead at youth camp.

Island has been evacuated. Anti-terror police on the scene. Some swam away to get off the island.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

There are 700 people on the island camp. At 5.20 pm ambulance personel were told not to proceed out to the island because there was still shooting there. One Labour youth member tweeted: “We are sitting down by the beach. A man is shotting clothed in a police uniform. Help us! When are the police coming to help us!”

Police stormtroopers are about to land on Utoya island from helicopters.

faraway on July 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

AUF is associated with Labour, right? And Labour controls parliament, right?

MeatHeadinCA on July 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Samuel Marlowe on July 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM

The politics likely have nothing to do with it. The party is the prime minister’s party. A former PM was scheduled to speak there today, and the location is a soft target with a possibility of a high casualty count.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Thanks, I knew I read about it. Good for him but it probably didn’t add to his popularity. Did y’all see this?

http://www.steynonline.com/content/view/4259/28/

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Now reports of shots fired at a children’s camp in Norway. Hopefully it is incorrect.

Rightyismighty on July 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

How far is Utoya Island from Oslo?

faraway on July 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

The politics likely have nothing to do with it. The party is the prime minister’s party.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Is it possible, though, that a given political group was unhappy with the current politics of Norway?

MeatHeadinCA on July 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Four people dead at youth camp.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Is it possible, though, that a given political group was unhappy with the current politics of Norway?

MeatHeadinCA on July 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Possible? Sure. Though some online jihadists are already claiming responsibility.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Though some online jihadists are already claiming responsibility.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Really?

MeatHeadinCA on July 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

I know AP’s on vaca, but maybe have him update this through the afternoon? He’s following what’s going on.

nukemhill on July 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

hmmm… looks like Utoya may be on the other side of the country from Oslo

faraway on July 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

he fired an automatic weapon at youth meeting

faraway on July 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM

PRIME MINISTER CONFIRMS: Multiple people shot at youth camp. “Quite dramatic.”

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM

hmmm… looks like Utoya may be on the other side of the country from Oslo

faraway on July 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Which would seem to suggest some sort of coordination.

MeatHeadinCA on July 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Really?

MeatHeadinCA on July 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Yep. They could be bulling, of course, but they seem to have a prepared reason for attacking Norway. Plus, Norway has been under Al Qaeda threat before.

amerpundit on July 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Which would seem to suggest some sort of coordination.

MeatHeadinCA on July 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM

But why a Youth camp?

sandee on July 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM

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