Attacks in Norwegian capital kill at least seven

07/22/11 wire services including AP
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Powerful explosions shook central Oslo this afternoon, blowing out the windows of several government buildings, including one housing the office of the Norwegian prime minister, who was working from home at the time. Seven people are confirmed dead and at least 15 injured.

The buildings also include the headquarters of some of Norway's leading newspapers. AP correspondent Nils Myklebost was in a building across the street and said he could feel the impact when the blast hit.

Shortly after the explosions, which appeared to be a bomb attack, a man dressed as a police officer opened fire on a summer camp for teen members of the ruling Labor Party wounding at least five. Oslo Police say they think the two attacks are linked.

The New York Times reports a terror group, Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or the Helpers of the Global Jihad, issued a statement claiming responsibility, saying it was a response to Norway’s NATO presence in Afghanistan and to unspecified insults to the Prophet Muhammad.

The group said in a statement, “We have warned since the Stockholm raid of more operations,” reportedly referring to a bombing in Sweden in December 2010. “What you see is only the beginning and there is more to come.” Muslim leaders in Norway swiftly condemned the attacks.

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