Bomb attacks and shootings kill 87 people in Norway

At least 87 people have been killed and scores injured in twin bomb attacks and shootings in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, and the island terdekanyat.

"We have confirmation that at least 80 people were killed. We do not exclude the death toll will rise higher," said Are Frykholm, Norwegian police spokesman, referring to the killings Friday at a youth camp on the island Utoeya, AFP reported.

A man dressed as police officers opened fire on the Labour Party youth meeting of the ruling party of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in Utoeya Island, south of Oslo.

Seven people lost their lives in a powerful bomb blast in downtown Oslo, where the prime minister's office and several government buildings are located.

Security tightened around government buildings as potential targets in the attack in the Norwegian capital, police said Saturday (23 / 7).

Norwegian Prime Minister stated that criminal groups will not intimidate one of Europe's most peaceful countries are.

"People who lived through the nightmare that very few of which we can imagine," he said.

"The days ahead will show who is responsible and what punishment they will get," he went on to say.

"The message to anyone who attacked us, the message of all citizens of Norway is that you will not be able to destroy us, you will not destroy democracy and our ideals for a better world," he added.

Earlier reports said that at least ten people were killed on the island while seven were killed in a bombing in central Oslo.

According to reports, Stoltenberg's office and other buildings were severely damaged in the blast, while broken glass covered the sidewalks along the smoke rising above the ruins.

Police said the powerful blast was caused by a bomb. Security officials have evacuated people from the area and troops had taken position at the center of Oslo, afraid there will be another explosion.

They believe the explosions and shootings are related. The 32-year-old man has been arrested for shooting and Utoeya counterterrorism troops have been sent to the scene.

The attack on Norway was the worst in Western Europe since the 2004 train bombings in the Spanish capital Madrid that killed 191 people and left nearly 2,000 people injured.

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