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Bomb Blast Kills Seven in Oslo

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Blast in Oslo

A bomb blast killed seven in Oslo. This may be a terrorist's anger to revenge their leaders who are being killed. Countries throughout the world should be on alert.

Today Friday, July 22, 2011 the capital of Norway, Oslo lived terrible moments when a bomb blasted in the center of the city by killing seven people. The police reported that a gunman opened fire at a youth camp on an island.

In addition, the Norwegian police said they believed the bombing and the shooting were connected. This meant that the police could not immediately confirm if several people have been killed at the youth camp. It seems that several army soldiers had taken up position around the center of the city as to hinder the spread of the violence.

Due to this situation, the police has been advising the city inhabitants to evacuate apparently in fear of more attacks. According to the police, the bomb ripped through the main government building in the normally sleepy Norwegian capital in mid-afternoon, killing seven people and injuring many more of the people.

The bombings have not clearly been claimed and while the attacks appeared to bear the seal of an Islamist militant assault, analysts said it was too early to draw any conclusions. NATO member Norway has been the target of threats before over its involvement in conflicts in Afghanistan and Libya.

In fact, the attack came just over a year after three men were arrested on suspicion of having links to al Qaeda and planning to attack targets in Norway. It came also less than three months after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in a raid on his hideout in Pakistan. Threat of violence or violence itself has already come to the other Nordic states: a botched bomb attack took place in the Swedish capital Stockholm last December and the bomber was killed. In the same vein, Denmark has received repeated threats after a newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in late 2005, causing the anger of Muslims throughout the world.

The building of a publisher which recently put out a translation of a Danish book on the Mohammad cartoon controversy was also affected, but was apparently not the target.

This sounds to be an attack by terrorists. It is the most violent event to strike Norway since World War Two. The district that was attacked is the very heart of power in Norway, with several other key administration buildings nearby. Ministries in the neighbourhood were also touched by the bombing. However, security is not tight given the lack of violence in the past.

In December, there was an attack that failed in Stockholm. It was perpetrated by a Muslim man who grew up in Sweden but said he had been angered by Sweden's involvement in the NATO-led force in Afghanistan and the Prophet Mohammad cartoons. That blast was followed weeks later by the arrest in Denmark of five men for allegedly planning to attack the newspaper which first ran the Mohammad cartoons. This was followed by, in July 2010, Norwegian police who arrested three men for an alleged plot to organize at least one attack on Norwegian targets and said they were linked to individuals investigated in the United States and Britain.

Terrorism can take different forms and it can be directed to any country. This is why the world should be careful about it by taking appropriate measures. The Norway blast should be a trigger for other countries in the world to be careful with terrorism. Terrorists may be revenging their top leaders who have been killed, like Usama Bin Laden. No one knows the place they will blast and the time they do it.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on July 23, 2011 at 05:06 am

Cher, this is terrible to the whole world if some people still think that force can lead to solutions of some problems. People should stop being so brutal toward their fellows. Terrorism has no outcome, except to endanger lives of innocent people.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on July 23, 2011 at 05:14 am

Hurricane, these people who claim to be from the Right Wing Extremist goup wing of terrorism have no reason to be killing innocent people. Terrorism has existed since long ago and has committed too many awful killings here and there in the world. What they are doing is not right in the eyes of people, not even in those of Allah, whom they claim they are combatting for. This is simply banditism. The number of the people killed in both bombing and shooting in Oslo is inceasing day after day; not the toll reaches more than 95 innocent people. If these terrorists were right, at least they should direct their barbarian attacts agaainst leaders and not at least to the innocent population because it is the leaders who seem to be causing their anger; though, this would not also be fair. All human beings, including the terrorists need to live longer, need to be safe.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on July 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Dean, sure he had posted a document of 1500 pages on facebook two days before he committed the killings.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on July 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm

The man has accepted all the charges he is accused for. He is also put in total confinement but this will never change his attitude. He believes what he did was right to be committed as this is, for him, the only way to free his country and the whole Europe from Islam. The attitude the world is present to Islam will ultimately cause a wider clash between Muslims and non muslims; remember that Saddam was hang on an importat day for Muslim, Gaddafi is under fire, the Holy Qur'an was burned by an American Pastor, Usama was killed and many others to come. All these elements are raising the ire of Muslims and the world should be very careful to the next reaction of extremist Muslims.

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