The government buildings including the Prime Minister’s office in Norway’s capital Oslo were hit on Friday afternoon, July 22, 2011 by a massive bomb blast, followed by a fatal shooting incident near Oslo at a youth meeting of the Labour Party.
The explosion killed at least 16 people as well as blew out windows of the buildings and covered the street with documents.
Nearby offices also suffered from heavy damage and evacuation like those housing some of Norwegian leading newspapers and news agency ATB.
According to security spokesman Trond Hugubakken, “Threats against Norway have been considered low for a long time, and there were no changes in this situation before the terrible incident today.”
The injured receive treatment outside government buildings in the center of Oslo on Friday July 22, 2011
Debris covers the area outside a building in the center of Oslo on Friday July 22, 2011
In a televised news conference, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who worked at home on Friday and was unharmed by the bombing, addressed the country and sent a message to those who were behinds the attacks: "No one will bomb us to silence, no one will shoot us to silence." he said.
Smoke and flames billow from the shattered window of a building after an explosion in Oslo, Norway on Friday July 22, 2011
An official attempts to clear away spectators from buildings in the center of Oslo on Friday July 22, 2010
A victim is treated outside government buildings in the center of Oslo on Friday July 22, 2010
A young victim is helped by the police in the center of Oslo on Friday July 22, 2010
Blood smears the pavement, as a victim is treated outside government buildings in the center of Oslo on Friday July 22, 2010
Debris covers the street outside buildings in the center of Oslo, on Friday July 22, 2010
An injured man is treated at the scene in Oslo on Friday July 22, 2010
An injured woman is helped by a man at the scene of the explosion
On early Saturday, July 23, 2011, Norwegian television reported that the suspect behind the Friday’s twin attacks is a 32-year-old Norwegian man Anders Behring Breivik. He has been arrested after the explosions, is identified as a member of "right-wing extremist groups in eastern Norway" by the country’s largest broadcaster TV2. The blond man is sole director of a company called Breivik Geofarm with about 790 employees.
The suspect Anders Behring Breivik
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