Dual attacks in Norway
July 26th, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Norway terror attacks: The latest developments

At least 76 people died in Norway in a terror attack July 22 that started with a bomb blast in the capital Oslo and continued with an hour-long gun rampage at a camp for Labour Party teens and young adults on nearby Utoya Island. Police arrested a lone gunman, Anders Breivik, 32.

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[Updated at 12:42 p.m.] Here are the latest developments.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

– President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited the Norwegian ambassador's residence in Washington Tuesday to "offer condolences to the people of Norway after the tragic killings that occurred last week," according to a White House statement.

– Police in Norway have released the first four names of victims of Friday's terror attacks. Three of the four identified died in an explosion outside government offices in Oslo. The fourth, named as 23-year-old Gunnar Linaker, died on Utoya island, scene of a mass shooting at a youth political camp.

– There are other countries involved in a Norwegian investigation into last week's terror attacks, police said in response to a question about suspect Anders Breivik's claim to have been in contact with terror cells abroad. Police declined to name the other countries, saying "the investigation is in Norway."

– Police investigating a terror attack in Norway last week will examine video footage and study the blast effects to determine where a bomb was placed, they said Tuesday.

– Police in Norway have 15 forensic scientists combing Utoya island for clues following a mass shooting there last week, they said Tuesday.

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– Police in Norway declined Tuesday to say how many people are missing after a bombing and mass shooting that killed 76 people last week. They have said in the past that they were searching for four or five people.

– Police in Norway declined to say Tuesday where the suspect in last week's bombing and mass shooting is being held.  At least 76 people were killed in the attacks.

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– Police in Norway will release a partial list of the names of victims of Friday's terror attacks online Tuesday at 6 p.m., they said. They will post an update at 6 p.m. every day until all the victims have been identified, they added.

– Police in Norway have armed undercover officers on patrol, they said Tuesday, in the wake of last week's terror attack that left 76 people dead.

Anders Breivik was "a little bit surprised" that his attacks succeeded, his lawyer Geir Lippestad says Tuesday, adding that Breivik had not expected to get to Utoya Island.

– The suspect was on drugs to make him stronger and more awake during the attacks, Lippestad says.

He says Breivik "may be" insane, but that it is too early to say if he will mount an insanity defense.

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PREVIOUSLY REPORTED

– Anders Breivik, 32, appeared in closed court Monday. Judge Kim Heger later says Breivik admits carrying out the attacks but claims they were necessary to prevent the "colonization" of the country by Muslims.

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Breivik says the deaths are the price the Labour Party had to pay for its "treason," the judge says.

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– Judge Heger orders Breivik held in custody for eight weeks, until his next court date. The first four weeks are to be in solitary confinement to prevent the possibility of tampering with evidence, the judge says.

– The suspect's father, Jens Breivik, tells Norway's TV2 that his son must have mental problems.

"In my darkest moments, I think that rather than killing all those people, he should have taken his own life," the father says, answering a reporter's question about mental illness by saying: "There is no other way to explain it. A normal person would never do such a thing."

– Police announce Monday that the number of confirmed dead in the bombing is eight, an increase of one from previous reports. The number of dead on Utoya is 68, down from earlier reports as high as 86. That makes the confirmed death toll 76, down from earlier reports of 93.

– Police say they are investigating Breivik claims that two other terror cells assisted him in the attack. They do not confirm the existence of the cells.

– Breivik is charged with two acts of terrorism, police spokesman Henning Holtaas says. The maximum sentence is 21 years in prison, with the possibility of an extension at the end of the term if the court rules Breivik is still a threat. Norway does not execute people.

A 1,518-page manifesto bearing Breivik's name circulates online, containing rants about the rising number of Muslims in Europe, describing detailed plans for getting weapons, explosives and fake uniforms, and saying how to avoid detection by police while preparing the attack.

– Almost 200,000 people participate in a memorial Monday in downtown Oslo to honor the victims, authorities say.

– Ringerike hospital chief surgeon Colin Poole says he has never seen gunshot wounds like those of the victims from the island, and speculates the injuries were caused by expanding or "dum-dum" bullets, a hospital spokesman says. Police decline to comment on the type of bullets the gunman used.

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  1. Free Norway

    Our tactics employ a different approach on fear. Templars sacrifice their own to create confusion while the primary objective is on target. Templars study each religious groups reaction to fear and employ this to maximize next attack. Population reaction is the most studied by Templars, only 6 generation high tech equipment is used. Recon and special hearing devices not in the market. Israel has a unit embedded just to learn logical understanding of targets. Not always aimed at enemies. This is an approach no other group or military would even dream of execute do to the extreme social damage that causes. That is why Templars remain in solitude 6 months of every year.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. smarty smarty

    He is very smart in choosing his words. This a well planned operation, look who claimed responsibility right off the bat. then you will understand. He has to tell this wirdo story to be announced NUTS or illogical so He can/will escape punishment. This is the easy rule out of any case... Want Justice change the Rule if he is a Killer then there is no hideaway law to cover it

    July 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. taz

    this is just the begining of mass genocides to regain an arian europe

    July 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. cool_guy

    Whoever kills the innocent peoples is a terriost. He is also like Al-Qaeda/ Talibans using religion to cover up his crimes.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. musings

    Speed kills.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Patrick Richardson

    I was wondering why initial reports say it took an hour and a half for the police to respond at the youth camp. This is unforgivable if true. A lawful society depends on police to protect people from killers and the like. If they don't show up until the criminal actions are over what good are they. Say what you want about police officers in the US but they would have arrived in minutes after reports of shots fired especially at a youth camp. Seems to me some people should be resigning or fired in the wake of this tragedy.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Matt

    One thing we can learn from this tragedy – we must pay close attention to right wing fundamentalists (e.g. Christians, Evangelicals, Muslims, etc.) and their hate-speak – especially those who are running for national political office!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. fernace

    This is not a com.pet.ition of who qualifies as a terrorist & who doesn't! It is not a co.nt.est between Christians & Muslims! Christians are so afraid their belief system is now going to be mentioned in the same breath as "those evil m.u.s.l.im jih.ad.ists"! That's the reason for all the denial in the face of facts! What this shows is that violent extremists excist in every part of the world, & will use whatever system, & propaganda availabe to make it seem they have some sort of "just" purpose for their actions! In actuality they are violent criminals who don't believe in or represent God, Allah or any other diety! In Anders Breivik's manifesto he co.mp.ared himself to The Knights Templars, & considered himself a "soldier for Christendom." He wrote that many books in the bible prepared man to do "battle for God"! I'm sure the Norwegian secular system will not hide in denial, because calling Breivik a "christian terrorist" might be insulting to christians! They will take Facts & use them for punishment!!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. fernace

    @ Patrick Richardson, Scandinavian society is very different from the American, where reports of gunfire is not an unusual occurence. In Norway or Sweden it hardly ever happen. Theirs is a peaceful, nonviolent society, which makes this incident even more horrific & unfathomable!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Roger

      Hi Fernace! You are spot on in your descripiton of the scandinavian countries. I am norwegian, and we are in a state of disbelief here. But no one here (at least no one i know of) seems to talk about revenge.

      We are used to peace, safety and individual freedom – and we fight using hugs and roses

      July 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sam A.

    So he mass-murders scores of people, has an attorney that will claim he was insane, and possibly will be out after a limited jail time. How convenient.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. OJ

    This guy had help and lots of it. He wrote the paper and some extreme Christian grouped picked up on it and helped him to go through with his operation. It is too big for a single person. Every Oklahoma guy had help, but he would not spell the names. They are Christian terrorists. We should bann them from from waring corsses in public as it is a sign of extremisim as well as the Burqa in Islam

    July 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hector

      your a moron

      July 27, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Adonay Charles

    At 6:00am CDT 7.21.2011 an email was sent out to the country's top newspapers letting them know about an inspired manifesto that had been posted online (scribd.com/adonay_charles). Less than 24 hours after that a second manifesto was posted. However, the man who wrote the second one neglected to tell anyone about it. He chose instead to blow up government buildings and to go on a shooting rampage at a boy's camp. The first manifesto received no response before or since while the second one got full blown media attention. Please tell me again who the bad guys are and what the message is that is being sent.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. saywhat

    Well those we call islamist terrorists kill muslims mostly, for letting us occupy their lands. And this is what this Christian terrorist did.
    He killed fellow Norwegians to " protect Europe from colonization by muslims"" Whatever that means.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Dano

    I got an idea.....stop showing this guys picture in poses HE wants everone to see and snap a picture of him at like 4:30 in the morning looking like that Al-Quida guy that reminds me of Belushi. There I said it.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. NorAm

    My American Friends; take a look at this very short video (1.5 minutes).
    Today was a gathering at a Norwegian mosque in Oslo, where our Crown Prince and Minister of Foreign Affairs participated. The Minister said: “Norwegians all over the country are now gathering. We come to each other. I experience this is sending the most important message right now; we stand together united! I have just arrived from the hospital where people are fighting for their lives. They know that all this is happening around them right now. I know that this will make more people survive."
    The last sentence being said in the video is from a Norwegian muslim. He has just signed the condolence protocol. His words are: “I am proud to be Norwegian!”
    A Symphony of Brotherhood?
    http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/norge/1.7728515

    July 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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