No South African victims reported in Norway massacre

2011-07-23 13:16

No South Africans were hurt or killed in the shooting and bombing that killed at least 91 people in Norway, the department of international relations and co-operation said today.

“Everybody at the mission is safe ... Their building [in Oslo] is 5km from where the bombing took place. As far as they know, all South Africans they are aware of are ok,” spokesman Clayson Monyela said.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and are in contact with local authorities.”

Seven people were killed yesterday when a bomb exploded in central Oslo near the prime minister’s office.

At least 84 people were shot dead two hours later on Utøya island outside Oslo during a youth camp organised by the ruling Labour Party.

Norwegian police said they were questioning a Christian fundamentalist in connection with the attacks.

“President Jacob Zuma sends his condolences to Norway and condemns terrorism in the strongest terms,” Monyela said.

Today Cosatu also sent its condolences, adding that there could “never be any conceivable justification for the murder of innocent people”.

“We demand that the perpetrator is brought to justice and punished with the full force of the law,” said spokesman Patrick Craven.

People looking for information on relatives in Norway could contact the department on 012 351 1000.

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