“I send my deepest condolences to all those who have lost relatives or been injured in today's horrific bomb blast in Oslo,” UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says in a statement retrieved by Sky News.
No British people are believed to have been involved or
hurt, but the Embassy has warned tourists to avoid the government building and
remain cautious when in Oslo.
“Our Embassy stands ready to provide assistance to any
British nationals who may have been caught up in the attack,” says Hauge.
“We condemn all acts of terrorism. The UK stands shoulder
to shoulder with Norway and all our international allies in the face of such
atrocities. We are committed to work tirelessly with them to combat the threat
from terrorism in all its forms,” he adds.
The incident, which also involves a mass shooting at an
island near Oslo, has got people commemorating those who died, and wishing the
injured speedy recovery across social networking sites such as Twitter.
Broadcaster Jeremy Vine wrote on his account “Is this
Norway’s 9/11?” whilst Sarah Brown, former Prime Minister Gordon’s wife tweeted
“thoughts go to Norwegians caught in horrific bomb blast (Norwegian Gov has
been amazing supporter of maternal health before others listened).”
Experts interviewed by the British press have already
pointed fingers to Islam extremist groups in revenge to the publication of
Prophet Muhammad images.
“It may not be too dissimilar to the terrorist attack in
Stockholm in December which saw a car bomb and secondary explosion shortly
after in the downtown area,” says John Drake, senior risk consultant at
London-based consultancy AKE on the Daily Mail website.
Other possible suspects include the Tamil Tigers, and
al-Qaeda in response to Norway’s involvement in Afghanistan and Libya in recent
"This was not an attack on something more vulnerable
such as a railway or a crowded shopping mall, this was an attack at the heart
of the Norwegian body politic," says Sky News security editor Sam Kiley.
"It is clearly designed to send a very powerful