|The attack left several people injured but the prime minister was reported to be safe [Photo by Geir-Olav Goksøyr]|
An explosion has blown out most windows of a government building housing the prime minister’s office and left several people injured, news agencies say.
Friday’s blast blew out most windows on the 17-storey building housing Jens Stoltenberg’s office, as well as nearby ministries, including the oil ministry, which was on fire.
Camilla Ryste, a government spokeswoman, told the Associated Press news agency Stoltenberg was safe.
A Reuters correspondent, Walter Gibbs, said he counted at least eight injured people. The cause of the blast was unknown but the tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building.
And an Associated Press reporter said newspaper offices in the area were also damaged and smoke could be seen drifting in the streets.
The reporter said he saw a young man with a bleeding leg being helped away from the area. It was not immediately clear whether there were other injuries.
Kristina Overn, a Norwegian journalist, said people were surprised that Norway had been targeted.
“People are really surprised. I am very surprised. People are shocked that this could happen in Oslo,” she told Al Jazeera.
“People are quite calm, they are not running around or anything. But people are quite shocked. I think most Norwegians consider themselves to be outside of incidents like this.”
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