Britain outraged by 'evil' Norway attacks

23rd July 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was outraged by Friday's twin bomb and shooting attacks in Norway, branding them "evil" and pledging to work with Oslo to track down the perpetrators.

"I was outraged to hear about the explosion in Oslo and attack in Utoya today that have killed and injured innocent people," Cameron said in a statement.

"My thoughts are with the wounded and those who have lost friends and family, and I know everyone in Britain will feel the same.

"These attacks are a stark reminder of the threat we all face from terrorism.

"I have called Prime Minister (Jens) Stoltenberg this evening to express my sincere condolences and to let him know that our thoughts are with the Norwegian people at this tragic time.

"I have offered Britain's help, including through our close intelligence cooperation.

"We will work with Norway to hunt the murderers who did this and prevent any more innocent deaths.

"We can overcome this evil, and we will."

Militants staged twin bomb and shooting attacks in Norway on Friday, leaving at least 17 dead as a blast tore through government buildings and a gunman opened fire at a youth meeting of the governing party.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague offered his condolences to all those bereaved or injured.

"I send my deepest condolences to all those who have lost relatives or been injured in today's horrific bomb blast in Oslo," he said in a statement.

He added: "We condemn all acts of terrorism.

"The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Norway and all our international allies in the face of such atrocities. We are committed to work tirelessly with them to combat the threat from terrorism in all its forms."

About 250,000 Britons visit Norway every year, according to the Foreign Office, and Hague said that the British embassy was ready to help any British nationals caught up in the attack.

© 2011 AFP

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