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Norway death toll rises

Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 02:30

July 23 - At least 87 people are dead after a bomb blast in Oslo and shooting rampage at a youth camp in Norway. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports

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Amateur video shows the devastation in Norway's capital after a bomb ripped through the streets in the city center on Friday afternoon. At least seven people died in this attack Hours later, a gunman dressed in a police uniform opened fire at a youth camp of Norway's ruling political party on an island near Oslo. At least 80 people were killed. Still pictures show people on the island. It is not clear if they are hiding or dead. One survivor described the confusion as the shooting began. (SOUNDBITE) (Norwegian) SURVIVOR OF ATTACK ON UTOEYA ISLAND, JORGEN BENONE, SAYING: "We had just been talking about what had been happening in Oslo. I went towards the eating area and people were running in panic towards the water. And we thought balloons were popping or there was some natural explanation for the noise. People were running in all directions, jumping out of windows, and they were scared for their lives. Most of them ran towards the water and hid behind rocks. He was dressed as a policemen and tried to act as though he was there to help us." Police said undetonated explosives were also found on the island. The gunman was seized by police and is suspected of links to the earlier bomb blast. Local television reported he had connections to right-wing extremism. Norway's prime minister said the country had not been hit so brutally before. (SOUNDBITE) (Norwegian) NORWEGIAN PRIME MINISTER, JENS STOLTENBERG, SAYING: "Today Norway has been struck by two shocking bloody and horrible attacks. We don't know who attacked us, and much is still unclear. But we do know that many have been killed and injured. We have never before encountered something that has hit us so brutally. This is an evening that demands a lot from us. And in the days ahead even more will be demanded from us. But we are willing to face this. In a time of crisis Norway stands united." As night fell, the clean up began. Police patrolled the government district as diggers worked to clear the central square of debris. The twin attacks are the biggest to hit Western Europe since the transport bombings in London in 2005. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters

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Norway death toll rises

Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 02:30