07/22/2011 11:37 EDT | Updated 09/21/2011 05:12 EDT

Text of Prime Minister Harper's statement on Norwegian attacks in Oslo, camp

OTTAWA - Statement issued Friday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the deadly blast in Oslo and the shooting at a youth camp in Utoya, Norway:

I was shocked and intensely saddened to learn of the attacks in Oslo and Utoya today.

We deeply regret the loss of life and injuries resulting from the explosion which occurred today in the government quarters, where the Prime Minister's Office and other government offices are located.

We were also horrified to learn that a gunman has opened fire at a youth camp at Utoya.

Canada condemns these barbarous and senseless acts of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, witnesses and all those affected by these attacks.

On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I wish to express Canada's sincere condolences to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and to the Norwegian people.