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Friday
Jul222011

Gunman Opens Fire at Norway Youth Camp, Deaths Reported

Comstock/Thinkstock(OSLO, Norway) -- A gunman dressed as a policeman opened fire at a summer youth camp on a Norwegian island near Oslo, according to media reports. A witness told Norwegian television of seeing 20 bodies on the shoreline of the island of Utoya, but a police spokesperson said ten people are confirmed dead.

The shooting at a camp run by the Labour Party, the political party of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, occurred just hours after explosions ripped through a government building holding Stoltenberg's office in the capital city of Oslo, killing seven and injuring more than a dozen. Norwegian police officials say they believe the events are related.

Norwegian media reports say that a man of "Nordic" appearance has been arrested, and that police have control of the island. A local police spokesman confirmed to al Jazeera that the suspect is in custody, and that he had been dressed as a police officer and had said he was at the camp to provide security.

Twenty ambulances and four ambulances were dispatched to the island to pick up the wounded. Some of the campers at the island jumped into the water to attempt to swim to safety.

Stoltenberg was uninjured in the Oslo bombing. He was scheduled to visit the Labour Party's Utoya youth camp tomorrow.

More than 500 people were attending the camp, and most campers were teenagers.

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