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.