Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Joseph Deiss voiced their shock after a deadly explosion struck the centre of the Norwegian capital, Oslo, earlier today, and a gunman shot dead participants at a nearby youth camp.
Media reports indicate that at least seven people died as a result of the massive bomb blast, which occurred mid-afternoon local time near a series of key Government buildings in Oslo.
In Utoya, outside Oslo, a gunman killed at least nine people at a youth camp connected to the country’s ruling Labour Party, with media reports indicating that the attacks are linked.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he “condemns this violence and expresses his condolences to the Government of Norway and the families of the victims. The United Nations stands together with the people of Norway at this terrible moment.”
Mr. Deiss’ spokesperson said the Assembly President was particularly distressed that one of the attacks targeted young people.
“His thoughts are with the victims and their families,” the statement noted.