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One arrested on Norwegian island following shootings

Meanwhile Norwegian police say they fear there may be explosives on the island: there are no suggestions of a connection with island shootings and the bombing in the capital as yet.

Image: Egeli via yfrog

Updated: 21.49

ONE PERSON HAS reportedly been arrested on the island of Utøya, at the youth camp meeting where shootings have been reported following this afternoon’s blast in central Oslo.

Norway’s justice-secretary confirmed this evening that the man arrested in connection with the attacks is Norwegian.

Meanwhile, Norwegian police say that they fear there may be explosives on the island, Reuters reports.

Around 1,00 young Labour supporters have been gathered at Utøya since last Wednesday for a five-day political summer camp. Prime Minister Stoltenberg, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland were due to make appearances over the course of the week, reports.

The newspaper Varden has reported that four people may be dead, after an eyewitness report from County Secretary Adrian Pracon.

The BBC reports that Stoltenberg was not supposed to be on Utøya today, some 80 kilometres from the capital, however the former Prime Minister was due to speak on the island.

Norwegian journalist Ketil B Stensrud tweeted this afternoon that there had been “reports of shots fired and people ‘swimming’ away in despair” at the location.

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The Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that a situation was developing at Utøya, but did not give any details: ”There is a critical situation at Utøya, and several ongoing operations as we speak,” Stoltenberg said.

There have been suggestions that a man identifying himself as a police officer began shooting indiscriminately at people on the island, VG Nett reports.

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