Explosions set off by a suspected bomb at government buildings in downtown Oslo; a man dressed as a police office opening fire at a Labor Party summer youth camp; 7 confirmed dead and counting; the city on lockdown. It’s been an unusually chaotic day for the normally quiet and neutral home of the Nobel Peace prize. The terror group Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami (Helpers of the Global Jihad) is claiming responsibility for the attacks, calling it a response to Norwegian forces’ presence in Afghanistan and general insults to the Prophet Muhammad. As a member of NATO, Norway maintains a small fighting contingent in Afghanistan and local newspapers in 2006 reprinted the infamous Danish cartoons that angered some Muslims by lampooning Muhammad. Still, local media is being cautious to point fingers. Frank gets the latest from an eyewitness to the attacks and tries to put the day’s events in some kind of global context.
Ida Hestman, student at the University of Oslo, who witnessed the explosion
Bruce Riedel, former CIA officer & former special advisor to NATO and the National Security Council on the Persian Gulf and South Asia; senior fellow in foreign policy at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institute