Dozens injured in Oslo explosion

Saturday, 23 July 2011 00:36 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A massive explosion rocked central Oslo on Friday, injuring dozens of people and severely damaging government buildings including the Prime Minister’s office.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the blast, which occurred at the government headquarters which house the offices of Jens Stoltenberg.

It remains unclear what caused the blast or if it was a terrorist attack. The Prime Minister was reported to be safe.

The cause of the blast was unknown but the tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building. Police and fire officials declined to comment on the cause.

Injured people were seen lying on the street in pools of blood.

The 17-storey building, which also houses Norway’s biggest tabloid newspaper VG, was reported to be on fire, with thick black smoke being seen for miles. (