She used the word "bomb" before clarifying that she had no evidence the cause of the explosion was a bomb but suggested that she could not see what else would cause an explosion of such magnitued.We can confirm that everybody who was working in the prime minister's office today are safe.The only thing I know is that there has been a fire or something approaching a fire in the R4-buildling which houses the oil- and energy office. In then first instance, with the increased levels of security and surveillance in the UK and the US as well as other European capitals, Norway might have been seen as a softer target despite the recent breaking up of an al-Qaida cell in Norway.
July is the holiday month in Norway and almost everyone goes on vacation. The blast happened after 3.15pm and Norway is on Summer Working Hours meaning people leave work at 3pm. It has been known for some time that al-Qaida core and other related "franchises" - including in the most active in Yemen – have been attempting to develop operations. That piece followed the arrest of three men in Norway and Germany for allegedly plotting a terrorist attack involving peroxide explosives.All of those arrested were were Muslim immigrants to Norway.The first explanation," wrote Hegghammer and Tierney, "is Afghanistan.Norway has been part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan from its foundation in late 2001....Several people have been injured in a large explosion which has damaged government buildings in central Oslo, including the office of the Norwegian prime minster.
A Reuters correspondent said he counted at least eight injured people after the unexplained blast.The tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building but the cause of the blast was unknown with police and fire officials refusing to comment.The explosion at around 3.30pm (2.30pm BST) blew out most windows on the 17-storey building housing prime minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, as well as nearby ministries including the oil ministry, which was on fire.Norwegian news agency NTB said the prime minister is safe.Newspaper offices in the area were also reportedly damaged.The city centre - which usually empties in July as Norwegians take holidays - is currently closed off with all public transport to and from the centre suspended.