Early details are as always sketchy, but a series of car bombs in Oslo, Norway near government buildings have injured at least eight people. I’d expect the number to rise. The Prime Minister’s office was hit, but Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg is safe, according to Reuters.

There are some spectacular photographs of the aftermath, and from the looks of it, I’d be surprised if only eight injuries were the result. Most of the injuries came from shards of glass when the windows blew out. There’s video here showing that the rubble goes on for several blocks.

One can only speculate about the causes of the blast at this point. Norway is a NATO member, and has troops in Afghanistan. They have also participated in the NATO mission in Libya. There’s also this:

The AP also reports that a Norwegian prosecutor filed terror charges this week against an Iraqi-born cleric for threatening Norwegian politicians with death if he is deported from the country. The indictment centered on statements that Mullah Krekar — the founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam — made to various media, including the American network NBC.

More when it becomes available.

UPDATE: The latest report shows 2 dead and 15 injured.

UPDATE II: There are now reports of a second attack, on a Labour party youth camp in Utoya, an island off the coast. This may or may not be coordinated with the Oslo bombing.

As for the bombing, the death toll has risen to seven.

David Dayen

David Dayen