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UNWTO offers support to Norway following terrorist attacks

Officials at the United Nations World Tourism Organisation have offered their support to Norway following the worst atrocity in the country since World War II.

Anders Behring Breivik on Friday detonated a bomb in the government district of Oslo, killing seven, before launching a two hour shooting rampage on at Utoeya Island which claimed a further 69 lives.

Following the events, UNWTO secretary general, Taleb Rifai, made the following statement: “UNWTO was profoundly shocked by the appalling attacks in Norway which claimed many innocent lives.

“On behalf of UNWTO and the international tourism community, I wish to convey our sincere condolences to all those that have lost loved ones and to the government and people of Norway in this difficult time.”

Torchlit processions – attended by over 100,000 people - earlier filled the streets of the capital Oslo in a remembrance service for those who died.

The streets of central Oslo had been closed to accommodate the masses.