Attacks in Norway draw strong condemnation from int'l community

12:16, July 23, 2011      

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Debris is seen on the street after a powerful explosion rocked central Oslo July 22, 2011. A huge explosion damaged government buildings in central Oslo on Friday including Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, injuring several people, a Reuters witness said. The blast blew out most windows on the 17-storey building housing Stoltenberg's office, as well as nearby ministries including the oil ministry, which was on fire. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The deadly attacks in Norway, which claimed at least 87 lives, have drawn strong condemnation from around the world.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his shock Friday over the attacks in Norway.

"The Secretary-General was shocked to learn about the large explosion in central Oslo and the shooting that took place in Utoya today. He condemns this violence and expresses his condolences to the Government of Norway and the families of the victims," the UN Chief said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.

"The United Nations stands together with the people of Norway at this terrible moment," he said.

UN General Assembly President Joseph Deiss also expressed shock and strongly condemned these attacks.

"President Deiss is particularly distressed that one of the attacks has targeted young people, and that this has happened on the eve of the High-Level Meeting on Youth convened by the General Assembly in New York on July 25 and 26, 2011 to mark the International Year of Youth," his spokesperson Jean-Victor Nkolo said.

Deiss also "strongly condemns these attacks and offers his condolences to the people and government of Norway."

In Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday sent condolences to Norway, calling on the world to work together to fight terrorism.

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