Britain sends police to Norway after horror attack

24th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

A British police officer was in Norway liaising with police on Sunday over the attacks which killed at least 93 people as Foreign Secretary William Hague warned of the increasing "lone-wolf" threat.

At least seven people were killed in a car bomb blast outside government buildings in Oslo on Friday and, hours later, a further 85 were shot dead on the nearby island of Utoeya, where a Labour party youth meeting was being held.

One of those injured in the killing spree died in hospital on Sunday.

Thousands attended a memorial service for the victims Sunday as the self-confessed author of the attacks said he acted alone.

"We do have a Metropolitan Police Service officer in Norway who is liaising with the Norwegian police," a Metropolitan Police spokesman told AFP.

Hague earlier warned that British security forces would struggle to counter a similar attack, although he said Al-Qaeda remained the "single biggest threat".

"It's much harder in the case of a lone individual or a couple of people," he told BBC's Andrew Marr show. "That is much harder than combating a terrorist network."

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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