At least 87 people were killed in a terror attacks in Oslo, the capital of Norway on Friday, after a car bombing near government offices in the city centre and a shooting at an island youth camp.
Several of youths who were attending a political gathering, reported to have been shot dead when a terrorist disguised as a policeman opened fire on a holiday island on a lake near the capital.
Police sources confirmed that initially, at least 80 people were killed in the youth camp.
Earlier, seven people had been killed in central Oslo by a car bombing outside the country’s main government building. In both cases, the members of the country’s ruling Labour Party were the main targets. The bombing blew out windows in a 17-story modern building housing the prime minister’s office, set fire to the Oil Ministry across the street and left broken masonry, glass and twisted steel girders, littering the street. The mangled remains of an overturned automobile lay amid the debris.
A number of people were wounded. In addition to those hospitalised, a hospital spokesmen estimated that “a hundred people, may be wounded.”
One witness said that the gunman arrived on the island claiming to be part of the security forces protecting the camp, then produced a handgun and opened fire. Army units took up positions around central Oslo following the two incidents.
The catastrophe followed repeated warnings that Al Qaeda was planning attack on Western countries engaged in the war in Afghanistan, where Norway has about 500 troops.
According to Will McCants, a terrorism analyst at the American CNA, a research institute that studies terrorism, a terror group, Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami claimed responsibility for the attack. The statement said that the attack was in response to Norwegian forces’ presence in Afghanistan and to insults against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Although the claim could not be verified, yet there have been previous threats against Norway, but political violence and such terror attacks have been unknown in the history of the country.
Meanwhile, security forces in other European countries have been placed on high alert after terrorists’ attack in Norway.