Government office reopens in Oslo blast zone

09:24, July 28, 2011      

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Rigmor Aasrud, Norwegian Minister of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, is interviewed at her office opposite the damaged main government building in Oslo, capital of Norway, July 27, 2011. Rigmor Aasrud was the first cabinet member to make a symbolic return on Wednesday to her bomb-damaged office as the nation tries to restore normality after the massacre by right-winger Anders Behring Breivik. (Xinhua/Wang Qingqin)

A Norwegian minister on Wednesday made a symbolic return to her downtown office in Oslo, just five days after a car bomb claimed eight lives in the government quarters, as Norway struggles on to absorb the impact of the country's worst bloodshed since World War II.

At 09:30 local time (0730 GMT), Norwegian Minister of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs Rigmor Aasrud arrived at her office in building Number 5 of the government build blocks, just opposite the Prime Minister's office which was hard hit in Friday's deadly explosion.

Eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured in the blast. The attacker, 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, then went on a shooting spree on the Utoeya island some 40 km west of the capital where he gunned down 68 people attending a Labor Party summer camp.

"Our office will move back during today or tomorrow, I think, but maybe some of our offices will be used by other Ministries, we are working on this these days," Aasrud told Xinhua in her office.

Aasrud said the building that hosted her ministry was not seriously damaged by the explosion, and only one personnel in her ministry had suffered minor injury.

Yet, it was still unknown how long it would take for everything to be back in normal, Aasrud said.

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