POSTED: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 11:49am
UPDATED: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 12:50pm
OSLO, Norway — An eyewitness tells Norwegian broadcaster NRK that he saw 20 to 25 bodies at the youth camp where a gunman dressed in a police uniform opened fire.
Andre Scheie says he saw bodies on the shore of the Utoya island where the youth wing of the Labor Party was holding a summer camp for hundreds of youths.
Scheie said Friday: "There are very many dead by the shore ...there are about 20-25 dead." He also said he saw dead people in the water.
A spokesman for Norway's Labor Party says a gunman opened fire at the party's youth camp outside Oslo, shooting several people following the bomb blast at the government headquarters in the capital.
It wasn't immediately clear if the attacks were related.
Labor spokesman Per Gunnar Dahl told the AP that a man dressed in a police uniform started shooting at youths assembled for the party's annual youth camp at Utoya, an island outside Oslo. He said unconfirmed reports that five people were hit, and that "we don't know how serious."
He said some 700 people, mostly teenagers between 14-18, were assembled for the camp.
OSLO, Norway (AP) - Oslo police officials say two people have been confirmed dead and 15 injured in a powerful bomb blast at the prime minister's office.
Police told reporters the explosion Friday was caused by a "one or more" bombs. They declined to speculate on who was behind the blast.
Asked if the blast was caused by a car bomb, Oslo police chief Anstein Gjengdal said: "It is possible that a vehicle has been used in this incident, but we can't confirm this."
He said that police have sealed off the office of Norwegian broadcaster TV2 to investigate a suspicious package there.
A Norwegian government official also was quoted as saying that people remain trapped in some buildings hit by the bomb blast.