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Norway: Blast near prime minister's office in Oslo Breaking news
A large explosion has hit near government headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo.
The blast is thought to have caused damage to the offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and a number of other official buildings.
Witnesses have said several people were injured in the incident in the centre of the city.
Pictures from the scene showed shattered windows and smoke drifting in the streets.
A journalist with Norwegian public radio station NRK said the headquarters of tabloid newspaper VG were also damaged.
"I see that some windows of the VG building and the government headquarters have been broken. Some people covered with blood are lying in the street," the Associated Press news agency quoted him as saying.
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Man held after Norway attacks right-wing extremist: Reports
By Damien McElroy, The Daily Telegraph/Reuters July 22, 2011 4:16 PM
[Pic] A wounded woman is brought ashore opposite Utaoya island (in the distance) after being rescued from a gunman who went on a killing rampage targeting participants in a Norwegian Labour Party youth organisation event on the island, some 40 km southwest of Oslo, on July 22 , 2011. Photograph by: Svein Gustav Wilhelmsen, AFP/Getty Images
OSLO - The Norwegian man detained after twin attacks in Norway on Friday has links to right-wing extremism, independent Norwegian television TV2 reported on Saturday, without disclosing its sources.
Police were searching a flat in west Oslo where the man lived, TV2 said.
At least 17 people were feared dead in Norway on Friday night after a gunman mowed down students at a summer camp hours after a bomb had devastated the centre of Oslo.
Ten youths attending a political gathering were 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.
Seven people had earlier been killed in central Oslo when a car bomb went off outside the country's main government building. Members of the country's ruling Labour Party were the targets in both cases.
British security forces were immediately placed on alert amid fears that Norway's worst terrorist outrage might be the first in a series of attacks on the West.
The carnage followed repeated warnings that al-Qaida was planning a Mumbai-style attack on countries involved in the war in Afghanistan.
At least one Islamic terror group quickly claimed the attacks were "revenge" for Norway's engagement in Afghanistan, and for the publication of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in Denmark.
However, a gunman arrested on the island of Utoya was described as blond, white, and speaking fluent Norwegian, raising the possibility that the attacks could have been linked to domestic politics. Police said they had also linked the suspect to the bomb attack on Oslo.
Witnesses reported teenagers throwing themselves into the notoriously dangerous waters around the island in a desperate attempt to flee the bullets. Rescue workers claimed to have seen between 20 and 30 bodies floating in the water.
Andre Skeie, 26, who took his boat to the island to help evacuate people, said: "I've seen it with my own eyes, at least 20 dead people lying in the water."Relatives and friends of those caught up in the attack were warned not to phone in case the ringing gave away the location of those hiding from the gunman.
"We were in the grass. We had to be quiet as we hid," said Lisa Irene Johansen, one of the crowd. "He was wearing a police uniform, with a shooting vest, and there was complete panic as he shot."
The powerful explosion targeting the office of Jens Stoltenberg, the country's prime minister, at 3.15pm, caused widespread destruction to the oil ministry and several media outlets, including the state broadcaster, NRK and Norwegian tabloid newspaper VG.
Most of the windows in the 20-floor building where Mr Stoltenberg worked were shattered. Mr Stoltenberg, who was working at home, spoke briefly by phone from a secure location. Struggling to cope with the enormity of the attack, he said the army would be mobilized to assist the police. "It's important that we don't let ourselves be scared. Because the purpose of that kind of violence is to create fear," he added.
Bodies lay strewn among the devastation in Oslo. Eyewitnesses described torsos hanging out of broken windows and corpses lying untouched in the wreckage-strewn streets.
"It looks like a war zone. It doesn't look as if one is in Norway. All the windows are ruined. The whole entrance area is crushed," said Anne Marte Blindheim, a journalist at the scene. "There is blood and case documents all around and crushed cars. A car is laying on the side, completely burnt out."
David Cameron released a statement expressing solidarity with the Norwegian people, saying that "we can overcome this evil". "I was outraged to hear about the explosion in Oslo and attack in Utoya today that have killed and injured innocent people," he said.
"My thoughts are with the wounded and those who have lost friends and family, and I know everyone in Britain will feel the same. "These attacks are a stark reminder of the threat we all face from terrorism. I have called Prime Minister Stoltenberg this evening to express my sincere condolences and to let him know that our thoughts are with the Norwegian people at this tragic time.
"I have offered Britain's help, including through our close intelligence co-operation. We will work with Norway to hunt the murderers who did this and prevent any more innocent deaths. We can overcome this evil, and we will."
President Barack Obama, who visited Oslo in 2009 to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, said the American government had offered Norway any help necessary. "We have to work co-operatively together on intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks," he said. "Our hearts go out to them and we will provide any support we can to them."
The U.K. terrorist alert level remained at "substantial" last night, meaning an attack was a strong possibility.
Analysts at MI5 were working late into the night to track down any possible links between extremists in Britain and Norway. Norway's Police Security Service (PST), the equivalent of MI5, rounded up an alleged terrorist cell with links to Britain almost exactly a year ago.
The story has moved rapidly from Islamic terrorism to the lone gunman ala Timothy McVeigh - strange how he was arrested rather than shooting himself or being shot which is the usual outcome of these mass shootings.
Terrorism analyst Will McCants told the New York Times that a group calling itself Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or the Helpers of the Global Jihad, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, saying it was a response to Norwegian forces' presence in Afghanistan and to insults to the prophet Muhammad – a claim later withdrawn.
At Least 80 Dead in Norway Shooting Svein Gustav Wilhelmsen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Emergency workers tended to a woman who had been rescued from Utoya, the island where a gunman opened fire on a camp. More Photos » By ELISA MALA and J. DAVID GOODMAN Published: July 22, 2011
OSLO — A lone political extremist bombed the government center here on Friday, killing 7 people, the police said, before heading to an island summer camp for young members of the governing Labor Party and killing at least 80 people.
The police arrested a 32-year-old Norwegian man in connection with both attacks, the deadliest on Norwegian soil since World War II.
The explosions in Oslo, from one or more bombs, turned the tidy Scandinavian capital into a scene reminiscent of terrorist attacks in Baghdad or Oklahoma City, panicking people and blowing out windows of several government buildings, including one housing the office of the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, who was unharmed.
The state television broadcaster, citing the police, said seven people had been killed and at least 15 wounded in the explosions, which they said appeared to be an act of domestic terrorism.
Even as the police locked down a large area of the city after the blasts, the suspect, dressed as a police officer, entered the youth camp on the island of Utoya, about 19 miles northwest of Oslo, a Norwegian security official said, and opened fire. “He said it was a routine check in connection with the terror attack in Oslo,” one witness told VG Nett, the Web site of a national newspaper.
Of the at least 80 people killed on the island, some were as young as 16, the police said on national television early Saturday.
Terrified youths jumped into the water to escape. “Kids have started to swim in a panic, and Utoya is far from the mainland,” said Bjorn Jarle Roberg-Larsen, a Labor Party member who spoke by phone with teenagers on the island, which has no bridge to the mainland. “Others are hiding. Those I spoke with don’t want to talk more. They’re scared to death.”
Many could not flee in time.
“He first shot people on the island,” a 15-year-old camper named Elise told The Associated Press. “Afterward he started shooting people in the water.”
Most of the campers were teenagers but there were also adults on the island, who may have been among the victims.
After the shooting the police seized a 32-year-old Norwegian man on the island, according to the police and Justice Minister Knut Storberget. He was later identified as Anders Behring Breivik and characterized by officials as a right-wing extremist, citing previous writings including on his Facebook page.
The acting police chief, Sveinung Sponheim, said the suspect’s Internet postings “suggest that he has some political traits directed toward the right, and anti-Muslim views, but if that was a motivation for the actual act remains to be seen.”
He said the suspect had also been seen in Oslo before the explosions. The police and other authorities declined to say what the suspect’s motivations might have been, but many speculated that the target was Mr. Stoltenberg’s liberal government.
“The police have every reason to believe there is a connection between the explosions and what happened at Utoya,” the police said. They said they later recovered explosives on the island.
Mr. Breivik had registered a farm-related business in Rena, in eastern Norway, which the authorities said allowed him to order a large quantity of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, an ingredient that can be used to make explosives. Authorities were investigating whether the chemical may have been used in the bombing.
A Facebook page matching his name and the photo given out by the police was set up just a few days ago. It listed his religion as Christian, politics as conservative. It said he enjoys hunting, the video games World of Warcraft and Modern Warfare 2, and books including Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and George Orwell’s “1984.”
There was also a Twitter account apparently belonging to Mr. Breivik. It had one item, posted last Sunday: “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests.”
As the investigations continued, the police asked people to leave the center of Oslo, stay indoors and limit their cellphone use. They also said they would initiate border checks.
The attacks bewildered a nation better known for its active diplomacy and peacekeeping missions than as a target for extremists.
In Oslo, office workers and civil servants said that at least two blasts, which ripped through the cluster of modern office buildings around the central Einar Gerhardsen plaza, echoed across the city in quick succession around 3:20 p.m. local time. Giant clouds of light-colored smoke rose hundreds of feet as a fire burned in one of the damaged structures, a six-story office building that houses the Oil Ministry.
The force of the explosions blew out nearly every window in the 17-story office building across the street from the Oil Ministry, and the streets on each side were strewn with glass and debris. The police combed through the debris in search of clues.
Mr. Stoltenberg’s office is on the 16th floor in the towering rectangular block, whose facade and lower floors were damaged. The Justice Ministry also has its offices in the building.
Norwegian authorities said they believed that a number of tourists were in the central district at the time of the explosion, and that the toll would surely have been higher if not for the fact that many Norwegians were on vacation and many more had left their offices early for the weekend.
“Luckily, it’s very empty,” said Stale Sandberg, who works in a government agency a few blocks down the street from the prime minister’s office.
After the explosions, the city filled with an unfamiliar sense of vulnerability. “We heard two loud bangs and then we saw this yellow smoke coming from the government buildings,” said Jeppe Bucher, 18, who works on a ferry boat less than a mile from the bomb site. “There was construction around there, so we thought it was a building being torn down.”
He added, “Of course I’m scared, because Norway is such a neutral country.”
American counterterrorism officials cautioned that Norway’s own homegrown extremists, with unknown grievances, could be responsible for the attacks.
Initial reports focused on the possibility of Islamic militants, in particular Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or Helpers of the Global Jihad, cited by some analysts as claiming responsibility for the attacks. American officials said the group was previously unknown and might not even exist.
There was ample reason for concern that terrorists might be responsible. In 2004 and again in 2008, the No. 2 leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, who took over after the death of Osama bin Laden, threatened Norway because of its support of the American-led NATO military operation in Afghanistan.
Norway has about 550 soldiers and three medevac helicopters in northern Afghanistan, a Norwegian defense official said. The government has indicated that it will continue to support the operations as long as the alliance needs partners on the ground.
Terrorism specialists said that even if the authorities ultimately ruled out Islamic terrorism as the cause of Friday’s assaults, other kinds of groups or individuals were mimicking Al Qaeda’s brutality and multiple attacks.
“If it does turn out to be someone with more political motivations, it shows these groups are learning from what they see from Al Qaeda,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation in Washington. “One lesson I take away from this is that attacks, especially in the West, are going to move to automatic weapons.”
Muslim leaders in Norway swiftly condemned the attacks. “This is our homeland, this is my homeland,” said Mehtab Afsar, secretary general of the Islamic Council of Norway. “I condemn these attacks, and the Islamic Council of Norway condemns these attacks, whoever is behind them.”
Some of his comments on document using google translator he appears to be a fascist of the anti-Marxist type which presumably is why he attacked Socialist youth:
Supra, Aesop, Ira
It's getting only two basic concepts many use to describe the cultural point of view.
Conservative Culture (of order preservation / patiot / nationalist / monokulturalist) and kulturmarxistisk (internationalist / multiculturalists / kosmopolitanist / globalist).
Although the majority of humanists but also many liberals are anti-nationalists, and is therefore by definition kulturmarxister. Promote either multiculturalism (cultural Marxism) or monoculture (nationalist), there is nothing in between, even though most do not dare to admit this yet. Well, there's the multi-culture without Islam is a middle ground.
However, it is possible that THE does not meet the criteria for a Marxist / Communist but all internationalists are kulturmarxister.
It's also a known fact that street newspaper is an anarcho-Marxist newspaper and NOT an anarchist newspaper. Anarchism can be both Marxist-oriented and nationalist-oriented. Street newspaper is far from nationalistic one can get;)
The old definitions often do not apply anymore. Eg. the British Tories who actually still dare to call themselves conservatives support kulturmarxisme / multiculturalism and should be renamed.
One can not support kulturmarxisme / multiculturalism and simultaneously call themselves conservative, although some might not agree with me:)
The majority on the right side has unfortunately not yet found out that one must defeat multiculturalism in order to defeat the Islamization as many still see themselves as multiculturalists.
This will inevitably change and clarified to a greater extent for most of the next decade when the polarization will increase.
Sometime in the future, most will have to flag the point of view, you will have to make a choice: nationalism or internationalism.
Unfortunately, there is still much stigma attached to the word "nationalism" as I usually use the word culture conservative:)
The problem is that Europe lost the Cold War already in 1950, the moment they allowed Marxists / anti-nationalists to ravage freely, without restrictions for the positions they could have and the power positions they had the opportunity to obtain the (teacher / professor positions in particular).
The result, in particular Norway and Sweden is the extreme Marxist attitudes have become acceptable / everyday while the old-established truths of patriotism and cultural conservatism today is branded as extremism (of kulturmarxister and humanists). Anti-nationalist attitudes have unfortunately not only become mainstream but is now required as a basis attitudes to be able to climb in PK hierarchies.
There are not many prominent kulturmarxister actually admits the purpose behind dennne anti-national and "Marxist grand scheme" but nobody can say it better than Thomas Hylland Eriksen:
"The main challenge is now to deconstruct the majority and do it thoroughly so that it can never be called majority anymore"
"Something like that could contribute both to understanding and liberation."
This is clearly the extremist hate-speech. It admits Eriksen, on behalf of many European kulturmarxister that the goal is to create a Marxist utopia, a world without borders ruled by the UN, an opinion which is the main doctrine of Marxist thinking. To achieve this, the people declared insane (racist / Nazi) and anti-democratic methods can therefore be allowed to replace the people by allowing the systematic colonization of the developing world.
In a society where Marxist extremists Thomas Hylland Eriksen is allowed to practice freely within the bounds of political correctness, other more moderate humanists / kulturmarxister (extremists), as Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse appear frigjørngshelter (Nazis (Jews) should be crushed just like the Nazi Germany). Had Western Europe and the U.S. decided to imprison all Marxists (Nazis and Marxists) after WW2 and swearing Marxist principles of hate ideology similar to Nazism, we had never been in the current situation.
But we learn at least as long as we live. I doubt that a future patriotic regime will make that mistake again, if we manage to save the West before it is too late ...:-)
More from Anders Behring-Breivik this time on the EDL:
I strongly doubt that your theory is correct. The whole conflict between GDP and EDL started with a change of leadership in the EDL for a few months ago. They threw out the racist and denounced the BNP. They chose instead SIOE's ideological basis that is more or less mainstream view on the right side in Western Europe now (Vienna School of Thought).
Nick was very offended and began to demonize the EDL. Although they are now attacking each other as they compete not at all as these are two quite different fronts. 90% of all votes in the EDL continued GDP (Since this is the only alternative to multikulti in the UK) and 90% of GDP supports EDL regardless of what Nick had to think.
Second, Labour governs intelligence service. They had never in his life supported the EDL as these create a lot of positive attention for the cultural conservative movement in the UK.
I have on some occasions discussed with SIOE and EDL and recommended them to use conscious strategies. The tactics of the EDL is now out to "entice" an overreaction from Jihad Youth / Extreme-Marxists something they have succeeded several times already. Over The reaction has been repeatedly shown on the news which has booster EDLs ranks high. This has also benefited GDP. WinWin for both.
But I must say I am very impressed with how quickly they have grown but this has to do with smart tactical choice by management.
EDL is an example and a Norwegian version is the only way to prevent Flash / SOS to harass Norwegian cultural conservatives from other fronts. Creating a Norwegian EDL should be No. 3 on the agenda after we have started up a cultural conservative newspaper with national distribution.
The agenda of the Norwegian cultural conservative movement over the next 5 years are therefore:
1. Newspaper with national distribution 2. Working for the control of several NGOs 3. Norwegian EDL