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Massive Explosion Rocks Oslo Government Building

22 July 2011 No Comment

Posted by Joannes

The quiet Norwegian capital of Oslo has been rocked by a massive blast that significantly damaged the 17-storey main government building in the city.

The explosion, which occurred late in the afternoon of Friday, reportedly killed at least two people, while no less than seven others have been injured in the incident. An employee at the Oslo University Hospital said seven people were brought to the clinic. A Reuters reporter also said that he saw at least eight injured people at the scene.

Reports said the explosion was so massive that debris littered the streets outside the building, which houses several government offices and is near the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Video footage taken by local television networks show the building with most of its windows broken or shattered.

No group has, so far, claimed responsibility for the explosion. Norway is not known for politically motivated violence, and there are no known local terrorist groups in the Scandinavian country, which is best known for giving away the Nobel Peace Prize.