SECURITY ALERT MODE is now on in full swing in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, as a total of at least 76 people have been killed in a bomb blast in the city and a shooting spree on an island nearby respectively.
In the afternoon of July 22, 2011, this relatively peaceful oil-rich European nation was shaken by a powerful explosion which tore through a couple of important and key government office buildings near the Prime Minister’s Office in central Oslo. Seven people were reported to have died and scores others injured, caused by the bomb blast.
Not long after the bomb attack, a lone gunman dressed in police uniform rampaged into a political youth camp rally on the island of Utoya and shot to death at least 80 young members of Norway’s ruling Labour Party. Reports said that the gunman, a 32-year-old Norwegian, has been arrested by police. It is also reported that both attacks which have shocked Norway and the rest of the world may be related. 😦
So such horrific incidents brought into focus security issues which are becoming more and more crucial in the light of terrorist attacks throughout the world. Root causes of terrorism are still being widely debated but more importantly every nation now has to step up national security measures in order to prevent unforeseen tragic events from happening in their own respective countries.
The Abode of Peace, Brunei Darussalam is no exception given the openness of our sovereign monarch in His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah’s willingness to mingle freely with the people, particularly during current ongoing festivities to celebrate His Majesty’s 65th Birthday. Come Sunday 24 July, thousands of Bruneians will throng the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, to attend another public event of His Majesty’s ‘Meet-the-People’ gathering session in conjunction with the royal birthday celebrations.
And rest assured, the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces as well as other government security agencies will leave nothing to chance and no stone unturned to ensure that it’s all systems go for the event to take place peacefully, Insya Allah (God Willing). 🙂