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Two dead in blast near Norwegian PM’s office

world Updated: Jul 22, 2011 23:21 IST
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A powerful bomb blast on Friday rocked government and media buildings in Norway’s capital Oslo, causing “deaths and injuries” and dealing heavy damage, police said.

Police said a bomb was behind the explosion and Norwegian media reported that at least two people died.

“A powerful explosion has taken place in the government quarter,” Norwegian police said in a statement.

“Police can confirm there were deaths and injuries following the explosion in the government quarter this afternoon,” police added later.

Images on Norwegian television showed the prime minister’s office and other buildings heavily damaged, sidewalks covered in broken glass and smoke rising from the area. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was reported to have not been in his office at the time of the blast.