7 Dead After Oslo Bombing; At Least 9 in Shooting

Police say the two attacks are related
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2011 9:07 AM CDT
Updated Jul 22, 2011 12:49 PM CDT
In this video image taken from television, smoke is seen billowing from a damaged building as debris is strewn across the street after an explosion in Oslo, Norway Friday July 22, 2011.   (AP Photo/TV2 NORWAY via APTN)
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(Newser) – A bomb ripped open buildings in the heart of Norway's government today, and a man dressed as a police officer opened fire at an island youth camp connected to the ruling party. At least seven people were killed in the blast and nine more in the camp shootings, the peaceful nation's worst violence since World War II. Oslo police said 9 or 10 people were killed at the camp on Utoya island, where the youth wing of the Labor Party was holding a summer camp for hundreds of youths. Acting Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim says a man was arrested in the shooting, and the suspect had been observed in Oslo before the explosion there. He gave no further details.

In Oslo, the capital and the city where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded, the bombing left a square covered in twisted metal, shattered glass, and documents expelled from surrounding buildings. Most of the windows in the 20-floor high-rise where Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his administration work were shattered. Stoltenberg was working at home and was unharmed. Other damaged buildings include the headquarters of some of Norway's leading newspapers. Click to see images from the aftermath or here for updates.

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