Even as police locked down a large area of the city, a man dressed as a police officer entered the camp on the island of Utoya, about 19 miles northwest of Oslo, a Norwegian security official said, and opened fire. “The situation’s gone from bad to worse,” said Runar Kvernen, spokesman for the National Police Directorate under the Ministry of Justice and Police, adding that most of the children at the camp were 15 and 16 years old. Panicked youths jumped in to the water to escape or went into hiding on the island, which has no bridge to the mainland, a witness said. Many could not flee in time. – 16 Die in Norway Shooting and Bombing
As you know by now, this happened this morning, with the back and forth on Twitter focusing on Al Qaeda by many. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings in Oslo, but a Norwegian has been arrested as the suspected gunman in the Labour Party youth camp.
Norway has been hit by twin attacks – a massive bomb blast in the capital and a shooting attack on young people at a governing Labour Party youth camp.
At least seven people were killed in the bombing, which inflicted huge damage on government buildings in Oslo.
At least 10 more died at the camp, on an island outside Oslo, police say. One witness said he had seen 20 bodies.
Police arrested the suspected gunman at the camp and the government have confirmed that he is Norwegian.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, whose Oslo offices were among those damaged by the bomb, described the attacks as “bloody and cowardly” in a news conference.
He said that Norway had been “shaken by evil” but that Norwegian democracy and ideals would not be destroyed.
What a tragic day for Norway.
As you hear any news, I’d really appreciate you putting links and other things you’re reading in the comments, because as I explained this morning I’m out of commission right now, but would like to keep this story updated.