Explosion damages government HQ in Oslo

A loud explosion on Friday shattered windows at the government headquarters in Oslo which includes the Norwegian Prime Minister`s office, injuring several people.

Oslo: A loud explosion on Friday shattered
windows at the government headquarters in Oslo which includes
the Norwegian Prime Minister`s office, injuring several people.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is safe, government
spokeswoman Camilla Ryste said.

Witness Ole Tommy Pedersen was standing at a bus stop
about 100 meters from the high-rise at around 3:30 pm
(1330GMT) when he saw the blast shatter almost all windows of
the 20-floor highrise. He said a cloud of smoke is billowing
from the bottom floors.

"I saw three or four injured people being carried out
of the building a few minutes later," Pedersen said.

Nearby offices were evacuated including those housing
some of Norway`s leading newspapers and news agency NTB.

An AP reporter at the scene saw one person with a
bleeding leg being led away from the area.

PTI