The news shocked the whole world. The beauty and quiet Norway was the target of a terrorist attack ? Almost incredible. If there is something incredible nowadays… 😦
According Reuters, a bomb devastated the main government building in Norway’s capital Oslo on Friday, killing two people and 15 people were injured; also a gunman wounded five people hours later in a shooting at a youth camp of Norwegian Labour Party. It is not clear whether or how the incidents were linked. Though the bomb attack was on the very heart of power in the small Nordic state, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was safe. Notice that Norway is a country with an extremely low crime rate. More, political violence is virtually unknown in a country known for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize and mediating in conflicts, including in the Middle East and Sri Lanka. Attack was no claim of responsibility. The first suspicion hanging over Al-Qaeda. NATO member Norway has been the target of threats, if not bombs, before, notably over its involvement in conflicts in Afghanistan. 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. Another hypothesis is aimed at the involved of Norway in the NATO bombing of Libya, whose leader Muammar Gaddafi has threatened to strike back in Europe. In change, Al Jazeera said that Mullah Krekar, founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, who had terrorism charges filed against him on Tuesday, is accused of threatening the life of a former minister . “Norway will pay a heavy price for my death,”he said. “If, for example, Erna Solberg deports me and I die as a result, she will suffer the same fate.” Norway is a founding member of the United Nations, NATO, the Council of Europe, and the Nordic Council.