Hoeven Condemns Violence in Norway

Senator Extends Condolences to Families of Victims

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven condemned two acts of terrorism today in Norway, and extended his condolences to the nation’s people.

“Such senseless acts of violence against innocent people violate every standard of human decency,” Hoeven said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all Norwegians today, and especially those who have been directly affected by these tragic acts of terrorism.”

Explosions damaged several government buildings in central Oslo this afternoon, killing at least seven and injuring at least 15 people. A short time later, a gunman opened fire on a summer camp for young people on the nearby island of Utoya, killing at least nine and wounding an undetermined number of people according to early reports. The attacks appear to be linked, and although a terrorist group has claimed responsibility, its claim has not been verified.

“A third of North Dakotans claim Norwegian heritage, and many of our citizens have family members still living in Norway. Norwegians have a long-standing reputation for working to protect human rights and establish global peace, and this will not hinder our nations’ shared efforts to fight terrorism and promote justice,” Hoeven said.

Hoeven is a member of the Norway Caucus, which works to preserve the strong relationship between the United States and Norway.