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23 July 2011

No South Africans hurt in Norway attacks

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

"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 okay," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

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

On Friday, seven people were killed when a bomb exploded in central Oslo near the prime minister's office.

At least 84 people were shot dead two hours later on Utoeya 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.

On Saturday, the Congress of SA Trade Unions also sent their 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," spokesperson Patrick Craven said.

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

- SAPA/News24