Singapore has strongly condemned the bombing in Oslo and shooting on the island of Utoeya on 22 July 2011, Friday. The attack was said to be the worst Norway has seen since World War II.
In a statement on Saturday, 23 July, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Singapore conveys its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Norway.
The statement said the attacks underscore the common terrorist threat the world faces today. It added that Singapore stands firmly behind the Norwegian government in its fight against terrorism.
MFA urged Singaporeans in Norway or those who plan to go to Norway to be vigilant and mindful of their personal safety by heeding the instructions from the local authorities.
They should also register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at eregister.mfa.gov.sg so that they can be contacted in the event of an emergency.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the attacks in Norway are reminders that all countries must remain vigilant and resolute in countering terrorism. He said this in a letter to his Norwegian counterpart Mr Jens Stoltenberg.
Mr Lee said Singapore supports Norway’s efforts to bring the perpetrators of these “horrific and despicable acts” to justice. He also said he is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the bombing and shooting. He also conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the government and people of Norway.
Singapore’s Foreign Minister K Shanmugam also sent his deepest condolences and sympathies. In a letter to his Norwegian counterpart Mr Jonas Gahr Store, Mr Shanmugam said he learnt with great dismay and sorrow of the senseless attacks.
He said Norway is a good friend of Singapore, and that his thoughts are with the people of Norway and the families who lost relatives or friends to the terrible acts of violence.
The twin shooting and bomb attacks in Norway left dozens dead as a Norwegian gunman disguised as a policeman opened fire at a youth camp and a bomb blast tore through government buildings in downtown Oslo.
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