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July 22nd, 2011

OSLO, NORWAY – Buildings in the capital were heavily damaged after at least one bomb exploded. Shooting at a youth camp outside of the capital brings death toll to at least 80.

  • A major blast damaged the offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and a number of other official buildings, including the headquarters of some of Norway’s leading newspapers.
  • According to eyewitness reports, at least eight people were injured and seven died from the explosion.
  • One terror group, Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or the Helpers of the Global Jihad, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. Their claims have been unconfirmed.
  • Following the bomb blast, several people died from gunfire at Utoeya – located northwest of Oslo – where Stoltenberg’s Labor Party youth section’s annual gathering was taking place. As many as 700 teenagers, ages 14-18 were in attendance when a Norwegian gunman disguised in police uniform started shooting.
  • A total death toll of at least 87 people from both attacks was reported. Police are searching for more bodies in and around the island where the shooting took place.
  • Connection between the two incidents as terrorist attacks has not been confirmed. Investigations are underway.

Interview with Hans Torgersen, VG newspaper, Norway (6:52).

Original sources:  AP; Reuters; BBC; Sky News; Al Jazeera; CNN; NPR; UN Dispatch; New York Times; Detroit Free Press; The Guardian; Toronto Sun; Brisbane Times; Le Monde.

Analysts available for comment:

Hans Henrik Torgersen is a journalist at the VG newspaper. He specializes in military, defense and terrorism.

CONTACT: +47 481 73 897

Frank Gander is the front page editor for the Norwegian State Broadcaster (NRK).

CONTACT: +47 922 61 711

Helge Lurås is a scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs. His interview is available on state television. Lurås was nearby when the bomb exploded. He is a specialist on Afghanistan and state formation/terrorism.

CONTACT: hel@nupi.no

Landline: +47 22 99 40 78

Mobile: +47 932 49 083

Mikal Hem is a commentator and deputy editor for the debate section in the Dagbladet newspaper (www.db.). He is available to speak to international media.

CONTACT: +47 959 17 179

Gunnar Stalsett is the former bishop of Oslo, in the Church of Norway. He served in this position from 1998-2005. From 1972-3 he served as Secretary of State for Church Affairs and Education in the Norwegian government. He is a former member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

CONTACT: oslo.biskop@kirken.no

Location: West Europe

Imam Abdullah Khan is the social advisor for the Islamic Organization in Denmark. He previously served as a consultant with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) to introduce studies of human rights in Pakistani madrassas and Christian seminaries. He has been involved in development of a variety of counter-radicalization programs for Muslim youth.

CONTACT: abdullah.khan@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Matthew Clements is the U.K.-based IHS Jane’s Eurasia Analyst. He is a specialist in the areas of political instability, organized crime, terrorism and insurgency, international relations and armed conflict.

CONTACT: matthew.clements@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English

Kjell Magne Bondevik is the former prime minister of Norway and the founder and president of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights.

CONTACT: kjell.bondevik@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English

Will Hartley is the editor of Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC), based in Washington, D.C. He leads a team that is responsible for collecting and analyzing terrorism and insurgency related open source intelligence, producing country briefings, case study and major terrorist incident reports.

CONTACT: will.hartley@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: English

Spokespeople for Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg may be found at: www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/smk/pressesenter/pressekontakter.html?id=87090

For the Ministry of Trade and other industries that were heavily affected by the explosion, contact the press department at: +47 902 51 303

This media alert has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: July 23, 2011

The death toll from the shooting was edited to 80 from 16. An updated total casualty count of 87 is now mentioned.

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