23 July 2011, 14:59

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has expressed his condolences to the Norwegian king and prime minister in connection with the terrorist acts in that country. “We  resolutely condemn these horrible crimes which can never be explained or justified. We are sure that their organizers and performers will be punished by the law”, Medvedev stressed in his telegramme.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has expressed his condolences to the Norwegian king and prime minister in connection with the terrorist acts in that country. “We  resolutely condemn these horrible crimes which can never be explained or justified. We are sure that their organizers and performers will be punished by the law”, Medvedev stressed in his telegramme.

The double terrorist act in Oslo is the Norwegian version of the 9/11 tragedy in New York. This is the most common opinion of what happened in the capital of one of the world’s most prosperous countries on Friday night.

The BBC reports that seven people became victims of the explosion near the complex of government buildings in the centre of the city, and all of them are members of the government. The shooting at a youth camp outside Oslo took the lives of 84 people and this figure can grow because dozens of people are injured and many are in grave condition, doctors say. The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg who is the leader of the Labour Party did not suffer.

Straight after the terrorist act, the authorities called the citizens and visitors to leave the centre of Oslo and stay at home. People were also recommended not to use mobile phones and not to panic. It was decided to close the state border. Police has detained a man suspected of the shooting at the youth camp. He is Anders Breivik, an ethnic Norwegian with extreme right-wing views. He is undoubtedly responsible for the explosion. According to police, he was seen near the prime minister’s office at the time of the explosion.

Police do not link this double terrorist act with international terrorism. They say that the suspect acted alone but that he has ties with right-wing extremists. The Labour Party of Norway which has ruled the country since 2005 represents Norwegian left-wing political forces.

Meanwhile, straight after the terrorist act, world news agencies started referring to the publications of the notorious WikiLeaks website. If this information can be trusted, US diplomats and special services repeatedly warned Norway about the need to strengthen security measures in view of possible terrorist acts. Obviously, Washington’s signals were ignored by Oslo.

The double terrorist act brings to mind Muammar Gaddafi’s threats to hit back at his enemies for bombing his country. Each tenth NATO air attack at Libya is carried out by the Norwegian Air Force.

Discussing the reasons for the Oslo terrorist acts, analysts point out that Norway participates in the anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan where Taliban and al-Qaeda oppose the international forces. Al-Qaeda has repeatedly threatened Norway. In this connection, several media remembered that early in July Norwegian police sent to court a case of Islamists’ terrorist plot to blow up an oil rig in the North Sea.

The head of the Centre of Northern Europe of the Institute of Europe at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yuri Deryabin, shared his opinion of possible motives for the double terrorist act in Oslo with The Voice of Russia.

“This is undoubtedly a terrorist act but not against a certain politician. It was meant to intimidate the public and to prove that al-Qaeda is alive even after Bin Laden has died. Why Norway? Because it is taking an active part in the NATO operation in Afghanistan. As for the incident at the youth camp outside Oslo, the reasons are not so obvious. The suspect has been arrested and is answering police questions. I do not rule out that he has links with an international terrorist organization like al-Qaeda. Not all Islamists are Muslim nationals.  The second version is that the suspect who is an ethnic Norwegian is a mentally unbalanced person. In any case this is a terrible tragedy which proves that the world community should close its ranks in the face of the terrorist threat”.

The terrorist acts in Oslo have been condemned by the USA, the European countries, the UN, the EU and NATO. In particular, the NATO  Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called them “abominable acts of violence”.

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