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Norway rocked by two deadly attacks

Elizabeth Jackson reported this story on Saturday, July 23, 2011 08:00:00

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Today we go straight to Norway where people are still reeling from a massive
bomb blast in the capital Oslo and a mass shooting at a political youth camp nearby,

Here are the voices of some witnesses.

BOMBING WITNESS: When the explosion happened I was working in a building right by the government
building. The whole building was shaking for maybe three, four seconds and to be honest I thought
that it was an earthquake.

And then the rattling and shaking stopped and I realised that this has been some kind of explosion.
I look outside the window and I see that the windows have been shattered in the nearby building,
right outside the office building. A lady was laying on the ground and she seemed quite injured.

BOMBING WITNESS 2: All of a sudden we hear this massive explosion, and you sort of feel the shock
waves through your body and my little girl, she started crying straight away and she felt the pain.
She saw the building, saw it shake, glass shatter and my first reaction was to jump over to my
daughter and protect her because you don't know if there's going to be another explosion.

BOMBING WITNESS 3: I heard this really big bang, glass everywhere, dust, the ground shaking, like
it was an earthquake basically. And I just started to run from where I was and people were running
in every direction screaming. I saw people, further down the street they got hurt from glass
shattered. I heard that they had literally buses going to hospitals filled with people that's been
hurt.

ELIZABETH JACKSON: The voices of some of the witnesses in Oslo. The bomb ripped through the
Norwegian government's headquarters in Oslo, but the prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, was not
hurt.

He's called for solidarity and sympathy for the people affected and says Norway's answer to the
violence will be more democracy.

JENS STOLTENBERG (translated): I have a message to whoever attacked us and those behind, it is a
message from all of Norway, you will not destroy us, you will not destroy our democracy and our
ideals for a better world.

We are a small nation but a proud nation. No one will bomb us to silence. No one will shoot us to
silence, no one will ever scare us from being Norway.

This evening and this night we will take care of each other, comfort each other, talk to each other
and stand together. Tomorrow we will show the world that the Norwegian democracy will be stronger
when it counts. We will find the guilty and hold them responsible.

ELIZABETH JACKSON: That's the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg. Police have confirmed at
least 17people have died, and tens more are injured. They're urging people to leave the capital.

Soon after the blast, another attack occurred. A gunman dressed as a policeman opened fire at a
Labour Party youth meeting, on an island on the outskirts of the capital. The death toll from that
attack could be as high as 20 or 30.

Norway's foreign affairs minister Jonas Gahr Støre was at the youth camp yesterday.

JONAS GAHR STØRE: We have the big political discussion about the Middle East. They have different
political training courses, there was joy, there was summer football, everything associated with a
youth camp.

And today they are struck with this hideous act of violence and we now have to be grown ups to look
after these young people. Young people who engage in politics is the source of hope for any
democracy.

We just have to be very clear that we will not abide by the terror of these people who have done
these terrible things and we're not going to change the values that are so important to our society
and that's what we have to convey today.

ELIZABETH JACKSON: That's Norway's foreign affairs minister Jonas Gahr Støre.