Death Toll in Norway Capital Oslo Blasts Climbs to 7

World | July 22, 2011, Friday // 20:48
Bulgaria: Death Toll in Norway Capital Oslo Blasts Climbs to 7 Blood and discarded items on a section of pavement following a mass explosion in Oslo 22 July 2011. EPA/BGNES

At least 7 people have been killed in Friday afternoon's bomb attack in the Norwegian capital Oslo, according to information confirmed by the authorities.

Dozens of others have been injured, according to local media reports. A dozen heavily wounded have been accepted for treatment in the Oslo University Hospital, while the number of the walking wounded might be over 100, according to the hospital head, as cited by the BBC.

Several people are reported to have been killed by a gunman who opened fire at a youth camp of the Labor Party on the island of Utoya 50 km away from Oslo after the capital was rattled by a bomb attack, according to reports. The gunman attack has resulted in several deaths, according to Norwegian TV2.

Unconfirmed reports also say the Norwegian police have detained one man who is believed to have shot at a youth camp of the Labor Party on the island of Utoya 50 km away from Oslo after the capital was rattled by a bomb attack.

The man is said to have been dressed and to have opened fire with a machine gun; his arrest has not been confirmed by the police.

Norwegian state broadcaster NRK said earlier five people have been injured in the shooting at a Labor Party youth camp on the island of Utoya.

The Norwegian police authorities have staged an evacuation of central Oslo after Friday afternoon's explosions that shocked Norway's capital, and are potentially related to a shootout on a nearby island.

The Norwegian government has sent an anti-terrorism unit to the island to evacuate it. Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was supposed to attend the youth Labor Party camp on Saturday.

The Norwegian police have been unable to confirm how many explosions hit Oslo Friday afternoon in a bomb attack on Norway's government complex that caused widespread chaos.

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