Violence broke out in Norway today as two separate, now believed to be connected, attacks wounded and claimed lives. At around 9:30 a.m. EDT explosions hit central Oslo, shattering the windows in government buildings, killing seven people and calling into question the safety of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. At least 15 are injured, though Stoltenberg was not harmed. About three hours after the blasts, a man dressed as a policeman fired shots at a Labour Party youth camp on an island 25 miles from Oslo. A person who has been described as “Nordic in appearance” has been arrested. At least five were wounded in that attack, according to the New York Times, though ABC is citing unconfirmed reports saying that number has died, and, horrifyingly, the Guardian reports that an eyewitness told Norway’s NRK broadcaster he saw more than 20 bodies at the camp shooting.
It is still unclear who is responsible for these attacks, though a terrorism analyst at research institute C.N.A. tells the New York Times in an unconfirmed report that terrorist group Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami claimed responsibility.
At the Telegraph there is an interesting analysis of who would do this, and MSNBC gets at the why.
For live coverage of the attacks and aftermath, check the Guardian.
Update: 4:58 p.m.
The New York Times is now reporting that at least 16 people were killed in both attacks. The Guardian has more information on the man arrested at the camp: he is Norwegian and Oslo police think he is also connected to the bombing.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 22, 2011