Norway Police: Oslo Blasts, Utoya Island Gunman Shooting Related

World | July 22, 2011, Friday // 21:08
Bulgaria: Norway Police: Oslo Blasts, Utoya Island Gunman Shooting Related The remains of a car next to debris following a mass explosion in Oslo 22 July 2011. EPA/BGNES

The bomb attack in Norwegian capital Oslo and the gunman attack on a youth camp of the Labor Party on the island of Utoya 50 km away from Oslo are related, according to Norway's police.

The explosions rocked Norway's government headquarters in the downtown at around 3:30 pm CET on Friday; this was followed by a gunman attack on a Norway Labor Party youth camp on the island of Utoya where several persons are reported to have been killed as well.

Norway's police initially steered clear of linking the two incidents, with the confirmation that they believe the attacks are related coming Friday night.

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 have been accepted for treatment in the Oslo University Hospital.

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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