7 Dead in Oslo Explosion; 80 Killed in Shooting at Camp

BY News Desk  July 22, 2011 at 5:08 PM EDT

Medics attend to an injured person at the scene of an explosion near government buildings on July 22, 2011 in Oslo, Norway. Photo Andreas Fadum/All Over Press Norway/Getty Images.

10:25 p.m. ET | Early Saturday local time, police in Norway raised the death toll to at least 80 in the attack on the youth camp of the country’s Labor Party, far higher than the initial reports of 10 dead. “The updated knowledge we are sitting on now is at least 80,” police chief Oystein Maeland told a news conference, according to The Associated Press. “We can’t guarantee that won’t increase somewhat,” he said.

8 p.m. ET | Police say 10 people were killed in the youth camp shooting.

7:30 p.m. ET | Officials now say one man appears to have acted alone in carrying out both the bombing and the shootings at a youth camp. According to the Associated Press:

A police official said the 32-year-old ethnic Norwegian suspect arrested at the camp on Utoya island appears to have acted alone in both attacks, and that “it seems like that this is not linked to any international terrorist organizations at all.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because that information had not been officially released by Norway’s police.

“It seems it’s not Islamic-terror related,” the official said. “This seems like a madman’s work.”

5 p.m. ET | Knut Storberget, Norway’s Justice Minister, has said the detained shooter is Norwegian. Police say he is connected to both of Friday’s attacks.

4 p.m. ET | Authorities now say nine or 10 people were killed in the youth camp shootings, directed at participants of a Labor Party camp on the island of Utoya. Though police have arrested one person in connection with the shooting, they are not yet sure if there was more than one gunman involved.

See aerial images from the camp in the video below:

3 p.m. ET | Police in Oslo say they have arrested a man in connection with the youth camp shooting. A witness told the AP he saw bodies at the camp after the shooting, but officials have not yet confirmed casualties in that attack.

President Obama said the attacks are “a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of tragedy from occurring.” He offered support for the investigation and said “Our hearts go out to them.” French president Nicolas Sarkozy also condemned the bombing, calling it an “odious and unacceptable act.”

The Washington Post spoke to an official in Oslo about the government bombings:

“Central Oslo looks more like a battlefield,” said Runar Kvernen, a spokesman for the police directorate who was reached by telephone. “The headquarters of the Norwegian government is almost destroyed. It damaged a lot of a of buildings.”

See amateur video from shortly after the blast.

2 p.m. ET | Ida Hestman is a reporter for Radio Nova, a student reporting broadcaster in Norway. She was in Oslo, on the street not far from the explosion when it occurred. The NewsHour’s Mike Melia spoke to her by phone outside the city after she evacuated.


“I was in a store when the explosion happened and I could really feel it…it was really loud and no one understood what had happened, and people just went crazy,” she said.

She described smoke in the air as people ran from the site and ambulances rushed in to aid the wounded, and said that there were papers strewn everywhere in the street.

1:45 p.m. ET | Police in Norway now say seven people are confirmed dead from the explosion, according to the Associated Press.

1:15 p.m. ET | A spokesman for Norway’s Labor Party said several people were shot at a youth camp near Oslo. A gunman dressed in a police uniform fired at a camp run by the party, where 700 people — mostly teenagers — had gathered for the annual camp. It is not yet known if the two incidents were related.


12:30 p.m. ET| Officials now say two people were killed and 15 injured by “one or more” bombs in the vicinity.

Updated 12:05 p.m. ET | An explosion rocked a government buildings in Oslo Friday, home to the office of the prime minister, with one person reportedly killed and an unknown number of injuries. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is said have been working from home when the explosion took place.

A Norweigan government official, quoted by the Associated Press, said people remain trapped in the buildings affected by the blast’s radius.


Though the cause of the explosion has not been determined, television footage showed a burned car nearby, leading to speculation that at least one of the blasts may have been caused by a car bomb. The windows of a 20-story building appear to have been mostly blown out. Nearby roads have been closed, and some fires were still burning.

The BBC has a live blog with updates from Norway here.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the explosions.

Photo by Holm Morten/AFP/Getty Images