A car bomb struck downtown Oslo.
UPDATE: See also an updated post > Norway’s mass murderer plot thickens
UPDATE: A second attack has occurred at youth camp on the island of Utoya, Norway. Dozens are feared dead.
UPDATE: Gunman killed 84 in island massacre
Utoya massacre suspect: Anders Behring Breivik
Police initially said about 10 were killed at the forested camp on the island, but some survivors said they thought the toll was much higher. Police director Oystein Maeland told reporters early Saturday they had discovered many more victims.
“It’s taken time to search the area. What we know now is that we can say that there are at least 80 killed at Utoya,” Maeland said. “It goes without saying that this gives dimensions to this incident that are exceptional.”
Maeland said the death toll could rise even more. He said others were severely wounded, but police didn’t know how many were hurt.
[...] Police have a suspect in custody and have said he has posted right-wing statements on the Internet, but Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg cautioned that it was too soon to know the motive for the attacks.
UPDATE: Killer fired for 1 1/2 hours before surrendering. SWAT team took 40 minutes to arrive on the scene.
AP – OSLO, Norway — A gunman who opened fire on an island teeming with young people kept shooting for 1.5 hours before surrendering to a SWAT team, which arrived 40 minutes after they were called, police said Saturday.
Survivors of the shooting spree have described hiding and fleeing into the water to escape the gunman, but a police briefing Saturday detailed for the first time how long the terror lasted — and how long victims waited for help.
When the SWAT team did arrive, the gunman, who was carrying a pistol and an automatic weapon, surrendered, said Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim.
“There were problems with transport to Utoya,” where the youth-wing of Norway’s left-leaning Labor Party was holding a retreat, Sponheim said. “It was difficult to get a hold of boats.”
At least 85 people were killed on the island, but police said four or five people remain missing.
Divers have been searching the surrounding waters, and Sponheim said the missing may have drowned. Police earlier said there was an unexploded device on the island, but it later turned out to be fake.
UK Daily Mail – MASSACRE AT KIDS’ CAMP: More than 30 dead as terrorist opens fire at Norwegian summer camp and car bomb devastates Oslo
• 1.30pm: Massive car bomb explosion kills at least seven in Oslo
• 3.30pm: Between 25 and 30 dead as man disguised as police officer opens fire on island youth meeting Norwegian prime minister was due to attend
• Eyewitnesses say bodies floating in the sea around the island
• Man arrested on the island was 6ft tall, had blonde hair and spoke Norwegian – reports he was shot and wounded before being detained
• Police fear explosives may have been laid at camp
• Unknown group called ‘Helpers of the Global Jihad’ said to have posted message saying this is reaction to publication of Muhammed cartoons
• Islands residents told not to reveal their location on Twitter or Facebook
• British Foreign Minister William Hague condemns ‘horrific’ attack
• Oslo Mayor: ‘Wish I were on island to be shot instead of children’
• Police believe the two attacks may be linked and can not say whether there was more than one shooter on island
Victims receive treatment outside government buildings in the centre of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2010, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents.(AP Photo/Fartein Rudjord)
The Blaze writes:
According to the New York Times, a group calling itself Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or Helpers of the Global Jihad, issued a statement claiming responsibility:
A terror group, Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or the Helpers of the Global Jihad, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to Will McCants, a terrorism analyst at C.N.A., a research institute that studies terrorism. The message said the attack was a response to Norwegian forces’ presence in Afghanistan and to unspecified insults to the Prophet Muhammad. “We have warned since the Stockholm raid of more operations,” the group said, according to Mr. McCants’ translation, apparently referring to a bombing in Sweden in December 2010. “What you see is only the beginning, and there is more to come.” The claim could not be confirmed.
What is Norway’s history with terror that could make it a possible target?
• New Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahri first singled out Norway in 2003, warning that its participation with U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan made it a target for attacks.
• Norway is also a partner in the NATO’s Libya operation, although it has said it will reduce its troops in August.
• Last July, three immigrants with alleged ties to Al Qaeda were arrested and indicted for planning an attack on targets in Oslo. The planned attacks were believed to be connected with an Al Qaeda plot to blow up New York City subways.
• Last week, Iraqi-born cleric Mullah Krekar was indicted for threatening Norwegian politicians with death if he is deported. Krekar was connected to terror groups in Iraq before claiming status as a refugee in Norway in 1991. Krekar has praised Bin Laden and called for attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq.
• In 2006, Norwegian newspapers reprinted the controversial Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, for which the Norwegian embassy in Syria was attacked. Al Qaeda leaders pledged retaliation. In 2010, a Norwegian paper reproduced the cartoons again, after the home of the cartoonist who drew them was broken into.
MSNBC – A huge explosion wrecked government buildings in central Oslo on Friday including Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s office, killing at least two people and injuring several others, according to reports.
The tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building and the damage appeared consistent to witnesses with that from car bombs.
Oslo police told Reuters the explosion was caused by a bomb. Police said in a statement that the blast had caused a number of deaths, without giving a number, NRK Radio reported.
A Reuters correspondent counted at least eight injured people.
The blast blew out most windows on the 17-storey building housing Stoltenberg’s office, as well as nearby ministries including the oil ministry, which was on fire.
Heavy debris littered the streets and a tall plume of brown smoke over the city center. (more >>>)
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Update: More details. The targets were the Prime Minister’s office and an Oil Ministry building, which remains on fire.
FYI: Yes, there is a militant Muslim presence in Oslo. See this.
Also: Norway’s Muslim rapist problem.
And this: Mullah Krekar claims Islam will win.
And this looks like a good excuse for a jihadi bombing, doesn’t it:
A Norwegian prosecutor has filed terror charges against an Iraqi-born cleric for threatening Norwegian politicians with death if he’s deported from the Nordic country.
The indictment, obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, centers on statements that Mullah Krekar — the founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam — made to various media, including American network NBC.
Norway ordered Krekar deported in 2005 after declaring him a national security threat, but the decision was suspended amid worries he would face execution or torture in Iraq.
At a news conference in June 2010, Krekar said that if he’s deported to Iraq and is killed there, Norwegian officials would meet the same fate. He singled out former asylum policy minister Erna Solberg.
Prosecutor Marit Bakkevik said Krekar’s statements violated Norwegian terror laws and were meant to force authorities to halt the deportation order and to instill fear in Norwegian society.
The indictment also highlights comments Krekar made to NBC’s news program “The Wanted” in 2009. Krekar told the program the American people deserved the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and he condoned suicide bombings against Americans in Iraq. Bakkevik said the statements amounted to incitement of such attacks.