Bomb blast rocks Oslo government offices. UPDATE: Shots fired at youth camp. UPDATE II: Claim of responsibility? UPDATE III: “Blond, Nordic” shooter?

Posted by: ST on July 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

Michelle Malkin is following the latest developments into the bombing of government offices in Norway.  Multiple sources are reporting that Norway’s Prime Minister was unharmed.  So far, 8 are confirmed injured and 1 has been confirmed dead.  I fear there will be much more.

The pictures (WARNING: some are graphic) from the blast area (this one in particular) show a devastating scene that reminds me of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City after it was bombed.   Please pray for the victims, their families, and the city of Oslo.

Real-time updates on the aftermath of the blast can be read/viewed here.

Phineas butts in: My article is here, with some related background links.

UPDATE (Phineas): In addition to the bombing, there are reports that someone in a police uniform opened fire at a Norwegian youth camp:

Police say they are sending anti-terror police to a youth camp outside Oslo after reports of a shooting there following the bomb blast at the government headquarters.

The news site VG reported that a man dressed in a police uniform opened fire at the camp. It says several people were injured.

Oslo police chief Anstein Gjengdal said anti-terror units were being sent to the camp at Utoya, outside the Norwegian capital.

UPDATE II (Phineas): Will McCants at Jihadica found a claim of responsibility online in Arabic. Below is a very rough translation from Google Translate:

Praise be to God Nasser slaves combined and humiliating the people of shirk and kufr companions, prayer and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets, his family and companions and after
The Almighty said: (then fight for God but do not cost yourself and rouse the believers may be that Allah keeps those who disbelieve and Allah is more powerful and in punishment) [women: 84]
Here have reached the countries of Europe is another message from the militants and further proof of the countries of Europe that the Mujahideen will not stand idly towards their war against Islam and Muslims.
Today has been targeting Norway to be a lesson and a lesson to the rest of Europe has already threatened us since the invasion of Stockholm more operations has asked European countries to withdraw their armies from the land of Afghanistan and stop its war against Islam and Muslims, and we repeat our warning again to the countries of Europe and tell them carried out the demands of the mujahideen, what you see is only the beginning and the next more.
The reasons for the targeting of Norway there are many of the most important of their participation in the occupation of Afghanistan and the abuse of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Praise God that enabled slaves to the combined .. and pray to God to save our brothers and our fighters everywhere.
Glory and praise God I bear witness that no god but You Astgrk and I repent to you.

Abu Suleiman Al-Nasser
Ansar al-Jihad of the world

Mullah Krekar, mentioned above, is head of Ansar al-Islam. I’ve not heard of this latter group, but it’s possible it’s a fake or cover name.

via DaveedGR on Twitter

BRIEF UPDATE: The author of the above message has issued a retraction. Spoke without authorization?

FINAL UPDATE (Phineas): The shooter at the youth camp is also suspected of planting the bomb in Oslo. From the description, he doesn’t sound like the typical jihadi:

Police said they were confident they had been able to identify the gunman, whom they had in custody. They did not release his identity, but they said they had confirmed that they had “reason to believe” he was connected to the Oslo bombing.

NRK reporter Astrid Randen quoted witnesses as saying the man — described as “tall, blond and Nordic-looking” and speaking Norwegian — wore a police uniform and summoned youth campers to gather around him before he “just executed them.”

It’s certainly possible this was a psycho acting out of motives other than jihad. On the other hand, jihadist groups have been actively recruiting “White, European converts” for years because of the ease with which they could move through society. We’ll see. My suspicion is that we’ll learn this guy is a convert who trained at a jihad camp.

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  1. Tex says:

    I’m sure right now Janet Napolitano is busy moving DHS resources from the border areas and putting them on Tea Party members, returning military personnel, and little old ladies from Pasadena in light of the explosion in Oslo.

  2. maddogg says:

    Tex
    Hell yeah. But you can be sure nobody is gonna mention the possibility of E-slam being involved.

  3. John says:

    I am hoping casualties will remain low. There looks to be very little structural damage, so most of the injuries will be from broken glass. Either a low-order detonation, or too far from the building to do much real damage.

  4. MarkJ says:

    Let’s not jump to conclusions. This attack has all the hallmarks of the “Lutheran Liberation Front”. /snark

  5. Carlos says:

    Whoever the idiot was that told us “Islam is a religion of peace” must be filled with joy now.

    Oh wait! That was GW, yes? No?

    He was a shtinkin’ socialist just like the president before him and the one after, so can automatically be placed in the “idiot” column, but that single statement, more than any other, shows his complete lack of understanding and ability to mentally comprehend situations.

  6. bob jones says:

    Have read and heard reports from witnesses that say the ground was pushed up from underneath, meaning an underground bomb was at least partially responsible, the area had reportedly had utility and street work done on it the previous few days.

  7. WarEagle says:

    This will end when we make it prohibitive for them to attack us on our streets like this.

    If we fail to do so, this will never end…

  8. allan says:

    “Whoever the idiot was that told us “Islam is a religion of peace” must be filled with joy now.”

    That’s right – according to Oprah “Islam means Love!”.

    Also, lefties must LOVE the fact that it looks like it was a blondie involved in the killing. Finally, we can go back to ignoring you Muslim men and start concentrating on tall, blonde nordic men with a valid justification.

  9. Carlos says:

    Now the LSM line is total silence on the killer’s religion.

    That in itself tells me he was a muslim. If he was anything even vaguely in the same universe as Christian, they would be trumpeting the fact that ALL Christians are likely killers, and JanNap’s job just got easier. All she’d have to do is round up all the church registrations outside of black liberation theology churches and start rounding up “the usual suspects” – those violent Christians.

  10. John says:

    The gunman killed upwards of 80 kids on that island. Jesus. Who stands there and guns down kids? I have a feeling this is going to turn out to be even more twisted and depraved than it even now appears.

  11. Carlos says:

    Ah! Now they’re doing the next best thing to making him a Christian, which is to make him a conservative AND anti-muslim.

    Watch out, all. Now JanNap has all the proof she needs to hold you in detention camps before shipping you to the re-education camps run by Obhammud’s special version of the brownshirts, the greenshirts.

  12. captaingrumpy says:

    Did you know that conservatives make the worst converts. Libertarians make the best converts to Islam because they already believe it’s OK to lie and swindle everyone else.They also believe the world must change and “One Government” is the answer.
    Hear that Janet…..Lock yourself up !!

  13. captaingrumpy says:

    I believe this shooter just got so fed up with Immigration given to Muslims that do not join the community and start their own little countries.They gain more leverage to have Sharia Law involved and eventually start spreading throughout the rest of the country.
    I believe he was mentally unstable at the time BUT his thoughts make sense.I do NOT condone his shooting but Europe has lost its vitality that you used to see because thanks to the socialists,they are all the same.Gone are the great traditions of each country that made European travel so exciting. I think there will be more of this in the future as some people cannot discuss it but have to act on it. Pity.