Dual attacks in Norway
July 23rd, 2011
01:27 AM ET

Norway attacks: Suspect reportedly said assaults 'necessary'; at least 92 dead

[Update: 7:45 p.m. Saturday ET, 1:45 a.m. Sunday in Oslo] Anders Behring Breivik, a man charged in connection with Friday's bombing and mass shooting in Norway, "is ready to explain himself" in a court hearing Monday, a man who identified himself as Breivik's lawyer told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.

Geir Lippestad also told TV2 that Breivik believed the terrorist attacks were "horrible," but "in his head (they) were necessary."

CNN was attempting to contact Lippestad to independently confirm his statements on behalf of Breivik.

[Update: 7:26 p.m. Saturday ET, 1:14 a.m. Sunday in Oslo] The suspect in Friday's bombing and mass shooting in Norway believed the terrorist attacks were "horrible," but "in his head (they) were necessary," a man who identified himself as the suspect's lawyer told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.

Geir Lippestad told TV2 late Saturday that he represented Anders Behring Breivik, who was arrested Friday after twin terror attacks that left at least 92 dead.

[Update: 6:14 p.m. Saturday ET, 12:14 a.m. Sunday in Oslo] Vivian Paulsen, a spokeswoman for the Norwegian Red Cross, said survivors of Friday's attacks that killed at least 92 people in Norway are in varied emotional states - with some "very vocal" and others more guarded.

"Many of them are in shock, and they will need help for a long time," Paulsen told CNN on Saturday.

Also Saturday, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talked with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg  to extend their condolences and, in the case of Obama, to offer assistance, those two leaders' offices said in statements.

[Update: 12:34 p.m. ET, 6:34 p.m. Oslo] At least four people are still missing after Friday's twin attacks that killed at least 92 people in Norway, police said Saturday.

Investigators were still searching for bodies of victims of the bomb attack in downtown Oslo, police said.

"We know that there are remains of bodies in the ruins of the buildings. And it's a bit of a jigsaw puzzle and a very difficult search. There are body parts in the buildings. We have confirmed seven dead, but there may be more," said Sveinung Sponheim, chief police officer.

At least 85 others were killed in a shooting at a youth camp.

[Update: 12:24 p.m. ET, 6:24 p.m. Oslo] Investigators are uncertain whether only one suspect was involved in twin attacks in Norway that killed at least 92 people Friday, Norwegian police said Saturday.

"We're not sure it's just one person ... based on statements from witnesses, we think there may be more," said Sveinung Sponheim, chief police officer.

One man is in custody.

"It's very difficult at this point to say whether he was acting alone or whether he was acting as part of a larger network," he added.

[Update: 10:30 a.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. Oslo] The total death toll from Friday's attacks has risen to 92 (85 from the shootings on Utoya Island, seven from the Oslo bombing), Norwegian police said.

[Update: 9:08 a.m. ET, 3:08 p.m. Oslo] “Not since the Second World War has the country experienced such an atrocity,” Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said in a press conference Saturday.

Survivor: Victims tried to swim away (video)

"At least 80 young people have been killed on Utøya. We have also lost some of our colleagues in the government offices," he said.

"It is incomprehensible. It is like a nightmare. A nightmare for the young people who have been killed. For their families. Mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who have been brutally confronted with death," Stoltenberg said.

[Update: 8:46 a.m. ET, 2:46 p.m. Oslo] Norway's foreign minister Saturday described the twin attacks that killed at least 91 people as "politically motivated violence."
"I think what we have seen today is that politically motivated violence poses a threat to society and I commend the police for carrying out a very swift and effective investigation, but that is still ongoing," Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store told reporters.

In Pictures: The dual tragedies in Norway

[Update: 7:38 a.m. ET, 1:38 p.m. Oslo] Norway police said a person has been arrested at a hotel in Sundvollen where the prime minister was due to meet the families of victims of Friday's attacks inOslo and Utoya. He had a weapon in his pocket, a police spokesman told CNN. State broadcaster NRK reported that the suspect had a knife.

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[Update: 7:33 a.m. ET, 1:33 p.m. Oslo] Oddmy Estenstad, who works for the Norwegian agricultural cooperative Felleskjopet Agri, said the man identified in media reports as the suspect in the bombing and mass shooting in Norway bought 6 tons of fertilizer from her company in May.

She did not think the order was strange at the time because the suspect has a farm, but after the bombing she said she called police, knowing the fertilizer can be used to make bombs. "We are very shocked that this man was connected to our company," said Estenstad. "We are very sad about what happened."

[Update: 7:16 a.m. ET, 1:16 p.m. Oslo] The mass shooting and bombing suspect arrested on Utoya Island near Oslo had purchased six tons of fertilizer from a farm supply company in May, an employee for the Felleskjpet Agr company told CNN.

Anders Behring Breivik[Update: 7:09 a.m. ET, 1:09 p.m. Oslo] Norwegian television and newspaper reports have identified the suspect in the attacks as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik.

Police have not released the identity of the man, telling reporters Saturday they detained a 32-year-old Norwegian man who is being questioned in both the Olso bombing and the shooting attack at the youth camp on Utoya island, about 20 miles from the Norwegian capital. Police spokesman Are Frykholm told CNN Saturday that authorities are investigating further, based on information provided by the man in custody.

Video: Close-up view of Oslo blast

A victim who was shot during the attack on the island told CNN Saturday that he had seen pictures of Breivik taken from what is believed to be his Facebook page and shown on television stations NRK and TV2. The victim said he recognized the man from news reports as the gunman.

[Update: 6:45 a.m. ET, 12:45 p.m. Oslo] Police are still searching for bodies at the site of the mass shooting on Utoya island, CNN's Diana Magnay  reported Saturday morning.

[Update: 3:21 a.m. ET, 9:21 a.m. Oslo] A man believed to be the gunman in a mass shooting on Norway's Utoya island Friday is also suspected in an explosion in Oslo earlier Friday, police said during a press conference Saturday.

[Update: 3:09 a.m. ET, 9:09 a.m. Oslo] The death toll from a mass shooting on Norway's Utoya island Friday has risen to 84, police said Saturday. The death toll from an explosion in Oslo on Friday remains at seven.

[Update: 2:37 a.m. ET, 8:37 a.m. Oslo] Norway's prime minister did not rule out the possibility that there was more than one person involved in the bombing and shooting attack that left at least 87 people dead.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg told reporters Saturday that police have not concluded whether there was more than one person behind the attacks a day earlier.

"They have so far arrested one person," Stoltenberg said. "They have not  concluded whether there is one or more than one person behind the  attacks."

[Update: 1:57 a.m. ET, 7:57 a.m. Oslo] Norwegian television stations and newspaper reports have identified the suspect in Friday's attacks as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, though authorities have not released the identity of the man they have in custody.

A victim who was shot during the attack on the island told CNN Saturday that he had seen pictures of Breivik taken from what is believed to be his Facebook page and shown on NRK and TV2. The victim said he recognized the man from news reports as the gunmen.

[Update: 12:15 a.m. ET, 6:15 a.m. Oslo] A young man who survived the shooting attack on a Norway's Utoya Island Friday said he is alive after playing dead near the gunman.

"I was maybe 5, 7 meters away from him," Adrian Pracon told CNN Saturday. "He pointed the gun at me but didn't pull the trigger."

At some point though, the gunman did shoot him in the shoulder, Pracon said.

Pracon said he and others also jumped into frigid water and tried to swim away from the island to escape the chaos.

Adrian Pracon also posted on his Twitter page, "I am so happy to be alive. I got shot in my sholder at Utoya, but this is nothing compared to the proper who have lost their love ones."

[Update: 10:20 p.m. ET, 4:20 a.m. Oslo] At least 80 people are dead as a result of a rampage Friday on Norway's Utoya Island, police said Saturday.

Norwegian authorities say the attack, which occurred at the ruling Labour Party's youth camp on an island outside the capital, was linked to a bombing earlier Friday in the heart of Oslo.

The death toll from the bombing still stands at 7, Norwegian Police spokesman Are Frykholm told CNN.

A 32-year-old Norwegian man is in custody, he said.

"For now we have arrested one person and he is being held in custody and we are investigating further based on information we're getting from him," he said.

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[Update: 8:15 p.m. ET, 2:15 a.m. Oslo] The scene after a bomb exploded in the center of Oslo on Friday reminded New Yorker Ian Dutton of what he witnessed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

The scale of the Oslo explosion was smaller than that of 9/11, but the stunned feeling and confusion in the aftermath were eerily similar.

"Seeing the emergency response gives me that same feeling in my spine of being in someone's crosshairs," Dutton said.

Read more witness accounts of the blast in Oslo

[Update: 6:54 p.m. ET, 12:54 a.m. Oslo]The official death toll as a result of Friday's explosion in Oslo stands at 7 and 90 people have been hospitalized, a spokesman for the city's mayor said.

Police have finished searching damaged buildings for dead and injured, spokesman Erik Hansen said. One of the city government's chief concerns overnight is finding shelter for the numerous elderly people whose homes were damaged in the blast, Hansen said.

[Update: 5:40 p.m. ET, 11:40 p.m. Oslo] Undetonated explosives were found on Utoya Island, where a gunman opened fire earlier in the day on a Labour Party Youth Camp, Oslo, Norway, acting Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said late Friday night.

Authorities believe the man traveled to the island from Oslo, where at least seven were killed in a bombing in the city center. The suspect, a 32-year-old Norwegian, was taken into custody after he killed or wounded an unknown number of people, Sponheim said.

[Update: 5:07 p.m. ET, 11:07 p.m. Oslo] A Norwegian man was arrested Friday in connection with attacks in Norway, officials said at a press conference Friday.

Norwegian Justice Minister Knut Storberget said Friday that he was not familiar with "any threats connected to these attacks," a reference to a large explosion in Oslo and a mass shooting on Utoya Island.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg added that it is "too early to say anything about motives."

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  1. BIl Kakcus

    My family was notified by officials from the Next of Kin Registry. NOKR was helping to identify the Norwegian victims of the Oslo Norway Attacks.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Isaac

    To all religious posting here. This is a day you should all try some self examination. All of you calling your selves moderates, you are the blood that feeds the monster, because the so called sacred texts you give unchallenged legitimity are commanding cruelty as easy as they command compassion. Cleanse your so called "sacred" texts of all the cruel blood thirsty garbage and keep all the compassionate commands. This or accept being comrades of these murderers.
    Long live Norway, long live open secular society.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      Yes, Isaac, thank God no atheist has ever committed an atrocity.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoCoincidence

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      July 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenneth Sweeney

      Well said sir, well said! Truth every word!

      July 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      Bravo! Well said my friend :)

      July 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Isaac, one cannot "cleanse" one's holy books, regardless of the faith. To do that is to contradict one's own faith.
      That said, I know of NO faith on the planet that would condone the murder of children.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • RedOak

      Religions of nearly every sort are a curse on us. Beware the man or woman who purports to know the ultimate truth. Down with religion; up with love and personal spirituality.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacob Bronowski - 1972 - The Ascent of Man

      It is said that science will dehumanize people and turn them into numbers. That is false: tragically false. Look for yourself.

      This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz. This is where people were turned into numbers. Into this pond were flushed the ashes of four million people. And that was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance. It was done by dogma. It was done by ignorance.

      When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality–this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • 3abdulmesi7

      First of all, it's hilarious that religion has even come up, seeing that we don't actually know the motivations of the bomber.

      Secondly, these religious people are not 'fundamentalists' or 'conservatives' and not all of us who oppose them are 'moderates.' Christianity is supposed to be a radical thing. I am a radical, I hope. So were the Holy Martyrs. They did not fight the Romans with swords; they died without resistance.

      The people who want to turn Christianity into a religion of destruction are Gnostics and heretics who do not practice the Faith of the apostles and the martyrs. That is clear enough from the actions of the martyrs.

      Now it is certainly not immoral in every case for a Christian to take up arms. When we do, we have to be EXTREMELY careful that we do so for the right reasons, that is, out of love. When we destroy, we have to make sure that it is in order to build something better in the place of the thing destroyed.

      Judgement and reprovement are God's prerogative, not ours. People who think that they can hasten judgement day are idolaters, because they place themselves as equals with God.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bjørn Andreas Christensen

    first i want to thank the world for all the thougts. I was sitting in my livingroom when i felt the earthquake hits my house before and then the sound of the bomb. It shocked us. Then we heard about a maniac who shot the youth on utoya. My people is in sorrow and my daughter lost 4 friends. One in the bombing and 3 was shot dead

    July 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie Hanson

      We are so sorry for your loss and so deeply shocked. Its unfathomable. Our teenaged daughter is away at summer camp. I cannot even imagine the horror those families are suffering. Our thoughts are with you.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voxhumana

      We express our sorrow and outrage at the unnecessary violence inflicted upon the Norwegian people. Condolences to the families and friends of those killed. Please know that the world stands with you in this time of sorrow and democracy will survive this terrible attack. RIP to all those lost.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • asad

      Bjorn, we are deeply sorry for all what happened. We wish you peace. Love from Pakistan.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NoCoincidence

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    July 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Voxhumana

      What do you mean by writing this?

      July 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoCoincidence

      Copy and paste in youtube and watch it!!!

      July 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anon4now

    As someone that has worked as a govt contractor for years I have always considered myself as a valid target of any sort of extremism or attack upon the govt of the US. The attacking of children however that is just disgusting. Anyone that could condone this type of massacre acted out on children needs to be put out of everyone elses misery. If your religion, cult, or the voices in your head are telling you that you should target and kill innocent children then you need to go get some help right away. I say this knowing full well that children have unfortunately been killed in all areas of conflict. I only hope that people around the world will look at the brutal shooting of these children and finally say enough is enough. It is through our inaction that extremism is allowed to breed. Our inaction to notify authorities or to stand up to religious, political and other groups that allows this to transpire. Our inaction to help others become prosperous even. Everyone needs to be ready to make a sacrifice for the better of mankind if we want to put this dark chapter to bed and finally begin to understand one another. I for one would gladly throw myself in harms way to protect the lives of innocent children and if any of you aren't ready to do the same thing then you really need to evaluate your beliefs and principles.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Farooq-Khan

    A sad day for me due to this horrible tragedy for the innocent people of norway. very very sorry for those families who lost their near and dear ones...

    July 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ccccc

    its a shame that most of Americans are still blaming Muslims for this, you guys grow up, do you have a brain use it if you are a beliver in any religion you have to respect others religion to i saw some of you are making fun of prophits and holy Quran but you are also making fun of Jesus because he is in Quran to so please stop. Terrorist are just sick people they have no religion they have no God, and they are not Muslims, a true Muslim cant kill our book does not teach us that, for all of you who say that you are crazy, it doesent say anywhere in Quran to kill, so i am asking you to please act as human. Thank you R.I.P all 91 Norway <3

    July 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bren

    Terrible tragedy. Peace and healing to the people of Norway. I'm sorry for your losses.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mark

    I am in the country of Sweden and this is just terrible. But can someone explain to me how the shootings could be filmed from overhead and the photographer not react. And and the same time the police have a problem finding a boat? What is wrong with this picture???

    July 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. TRUTH

    First my deepest condolences goes to victims of oslo terror attacks.following the carnage l have seen how peoples of norway have terrified & shocked but as a srilankan this is nothing new for us because we had such a similar ordeal for 30 Years.Sadly norway came to silanka with tanks of gas to fuel the conflict, and also did the same for other countries too.this attacks confirms newtons 3rd law(every act has equal & opposite reaction).moreover norway harbours deserted LTTE terrorists & they receiving norway gov funding and military training.
    NORWAY SHOULD NOTE THIS-DON'T ASSIST WORLD TERRORISTS,THERE ARE NO GOOD TERRORISTS AND BAD TERRORISTS THEY AR ALL SAME.OTHERWISE U HAVE TO TASTE UR OWN MEDICINE LIKE IN THIS CASE.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Thai people

    I'm so shock and sorry with Norway attacks. I must to recheck news again and again and disbelieve how it happen in this country. I hope not happen in any country more. Please stop to hurt other one else if you are alive feeling.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Freedom1

    Wow A blond hair Christian terrorist...I wonder how those that who jumped to say that all muslims are terrorists..let's follow your logic All christian are terrorists...back at ya.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RedOak

    Religions of nearly every sort are a curse on us. Beware the man or woman who purports to know the ultimate truth. Down with religion; up with love and personal spirituality.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. fernace

    I had to call my mom yesterday to be assured that my Norwegian family were OK! They live in Sandefjord & it's my whole extended family on my moms side. She talked to my mormor & uncle Lars, all are fine but in shock over this tradgedy! The whole Scandinavian peninsula is in uproar! Btw, to those who ask what jerk would harm children, Tim McVeigh blew up the Murrah building knowing the bottom floor had a daycare! That's the kind of jerk who does it!! God Bless my 2nd native land, Norgie!!

    July 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. AK

    A little perspective in the middle of atrocity. Identifiable lone-gunman mass shootings (not counting Ok City bombing) have cost around 350-400 lives since 1966. Add 168 for Mr McVeigh's psychosis.

    That's a good day in Mexico or the Horn of Africa.

    More Mumbai-type assaults have been predicted for awhile. You can bet that, as in Israel and the US, the rest of the Western world will now not be so complacent, and will have lots of active response plans and citizen awareness of the mass-shooter threat. Which is the appropriate response, vice disarming the citizenry and giving governments a monopoly on the means of force.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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