Dual attacks in Norway
July 22nd, 2011
10:20 PM ET

At least 87 dead after pair of attacks in Norway; suspect in custody

[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.

Q&A: Why Norway?

[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."

[Update: 5:02 p.m. ET, 11:02 p.m. Oslo] Norway will stand together after a pair of deadly attacks Friday and won't be bombed into silence, the country's prime minister said Friday.

"I have a message to those who attacked us. A message from the whole of Norway. You won’t destroy us. You won't destroy our democracy. We are a small but proud nation. No one can bomb us to silence. No one can scare us from being Norway," Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said.

"And when tomorrow comes, let’s show the world that the Norwegian democracy still stands strong. The most important thing tonight is to take care of each other."

[Update: 4:12 p.m. ET, 10:12 p.m. Oslo] At least 9 people were killed in a shooting Friday at Norway's ruling party youth camp on Utoya Island, police in Norway said.

The two attacks are definitely linked, a police spokesman said. The person detained in Utoya was allegedly seen around the government building at time of explosion. The man, who is still being questioned, is tall with blonde hair, “Nordic appearance,” police said.

Elsewhere, New York City's police department deployed "critical response vehicles and other resources" Friday to protect the consulates of Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden after a pair of deadly attacks in Norway, Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne said.

Police in New York, which was a site of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, are monitoring events in Norway "for further details and possible motives, but we have no information at this time indicating a specific threat against New York City," Browne said Friday.

[Update: 4:04 p.m. ET, 10:04 p.m. Oslo] A US official says it is still “really unclear” who is behind the explosion and shootings in Norway.

“This doesn’t have the hallmarks of a big sophisticated attack,” the official said.

The official also said it is not clear whether the Norwegian Prime Minister was the target or whether it was someone or something else.

A U.S. counter-terrorism official also said it is "too early in the game" to know who is responsible for the attacks. The official said there had been nothing to lead officials to believe something was imminent in Norway.

[Update: 3:08 p.m. ET, 9:08 p.m. Oslo] Oslo University Hospital confirmed they have 11 people seriously wounded from the attack in downtown in the hospital.

They also now have eight people wounded from the shooting on the island. The hospital could not provide the condition of those eight people.

[Update: 3:08 p.m. ET, 9:08 p.m. Oslo] Emily Anderson of Fargo, North Dakota, was in a store a block from the blast with a younger sister and a younger cousin.

“You could see tons of smoke pouring out of this building. It was extremely loud. Two actual noises. We just took off. Nobody knew what was going on," she told CNN. "Everybody was standing around in shock. My instinct was to grab the girls and run back to the hotel to be with the family. We made it back to the hotel in a minute. I thought we were going to die. It was scary. It felt like 9/11.”

Four blocks away, Dawn Lubka was in her hotel room at the Comfort Hotel Børsparken when the blast went off. At first she just assumed it was a construction accident, as there are lots of new buildings and a new opera center going up on the block. When she talked to the concierge and looked online, she found out what had really happened.

“I asked the concierge, politically, why would they have bombings here?" she she told CNN after submitting an iReport. "The Norwegians couldn’t believe that it could be a bombing in their city. He said, honestly, ‘It’s because we’re friends with you. Because [Norway] is helping with troops in Afghanistan.’”

[Update: 2:39 p.m. ET, 8:39 p.m. Oslo] U.S. President Barack Obama extended his condolences to the victims of the violence in Norway on Friday, saying the incidents are "a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring."

Obama said the United States is prepared to assist in Norway's response to the violence.

"Our hearts go out to them," he said.

[Update: 2:37 p.m. ET, 8:37 p.m. Oslo] Jane Owen, the British ambassador to Norway, told CNN that the attacks today signifies a new reality for the country.

"Like many other countries, Norway has been working to combat the risk of terrorism," she said. "But as we all have experienced, you can never be totally prepared for the horror and tragedy that unfolds when you have a major terror incident."

[Update: 1:58 p.m. ET, 7:58 p.m. Oslo] Seven people were killed in an explosion in downtown Oslo, Norway, on Friday, police said. Two people were severely injured, they said.

[Update: 1:46 p.m. ET, 7:46 p.m. Oslo] Fabian Stang, the mayor of Oslo, Norway told CNN that "this situation is under control, but it's been a terrible day."

"Today we think about the people in all other parts of the world who have been in the same situation," Stang said. "We are of course shocked."

He confirmed police reports that there was a bomb attack, but said they were unsure if it was a terror attack.

"It's a terrible situation" either way, he said.

Stang said he was also distraught about the shooting at the youth camp where young people had been killed.

"They are 16, 17 years old and they should not be treated like that," he said of some victims.

Stang said while he felt in some ways the city had been under attack, Oslo would prevail.

"We will take the city back," he said.

[Update: 1:54 p.m. ET, 7:54 p.m. Oslo] Two people are confirmed dead and 15 injured in an explosion in central Oslo on Friday, police told CNN on Friday. Police are urging the public to limit the use of cell phones in order to keep networks free.

A political adviser for Norway's Labour Party told CNN that Norwegian media were reporting that seven people were killed and more very badly wounded.

[Update: 1:46 p.m. ET, 7:46 p.m. Oslo] NATO's Secretary General strongly condemned the attack in Norway.

"On behalf of NATO, I condemn in the strongest possible terms the heinous acts of violence in Norway. I would like to convey my sincere condolences to the Norwegian government, the Norwegian people and the families and loved ones of all those who suffered in these cruel and cowardly acts," the statement said. "Our solidarity with Norway remains steadfast. NATO countries stand united in the battle against these acts of violence."

[Update: 1:38 p.m. ET, 7:38 p.m. Oslo] The police have good reason to believe there is a link between the shooting on an island where a Labour Party youth camp was taking place and an explosion in central Oslo earlier, police spokesman Bjorn Erik Sem-Jacobsen tells Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.

He is the spokesman for the police station nearest to Utoya island, where the camp is being held. The prime minister, whose office was badly damaged by the blast, leads Norway's Labour Party.

[Update: 1:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. Oslo] Morten Vaage was about 800 meters away from the explosion in Oslo when it happened. Before that, he’d been at a parade to welcome his brother and other soldiers back from Afghanistan.

“The Norwegian Defense Minister was there to address the soldiers, and emphasized how lucky we are to live in this country of Norway, where we are safe and free. She emphasized how much our effort means in order to build a safe and free country in Afghanistan, and again linked this to our good life in Norway,” Vaage, an iReporter said, noting the sharp contrast between her words and the subsequent explosion.

“It did not feel like Norway,” he said. “I heard the explosion and the whole central [train] station shook...people were shocked, some were crying, some were bleeding."

[Update: 1:23 p.m. ET, 7:23 p.m. Oslo] One person has been arrested on a Norwegian island where someone dressed as a policeman has been firing at a Labour Youth Party Camp, a police representative tells Norwegian state broadcaster NRK. Witnesses tell NRK the scene is chaotic and many shots have been fired.

[Update: 1:10 p.m. ET, 7:10 p.m. Oslo] NRK journalist Linda Reinholdsen told CNN she was told many of the youth have been evacuated from the mainland island where a shooter has opened fire. But not much more detail than that is known.

Reinholdsen also said that there is an indication that the death toll may climb from the blasts.

"There are still a lot of people dead inside the government building,” she said. “There are going to be a lot of people injured, a lot of people dead.”

[Update: 1:08 p.m. ET, 7:08 p.m. Oslo] Heide Bronke, a State Department Spokesperson, said the U.S. condemns "these despicable acts of violence."

"We are continuing to monitor the situation, including the safety and security of U.S. citizens," Bronke said. "Our hearts are with the victims and their families, and we have reached out to the Norwegian Government to express our condolences."

The U.S. has no confirmation of U.S. citizens who were hurt, she said.

[Update: 1:05 p.m. ET, 7:05 p.m. Oslo] National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor tells CNN: “The president was briefed on the explosion and reported shootings in Oslo by Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan.

[Update: 12:51 p.m. ET, 6:51 p.m. Oslo] iReporter Ulrik Fredrik Thyve said he was in his office when the blast occurred.

“The explosion was immense. My office felt like it contracted, expanded and windows were blown all over the building. Dust, smoke, people [were] bleeding everywhere. I walked out and towards ground zero to see if there was anything to do,” he said.

Thyve, who is also a freelance photographer, took some pictures of the area.

“Police evacuated us all,” he said.

[Update: 12:50 p.m. ET, 6:50 p.m. Oslo] A person dressed as a policeman has fired shots at the Labour Party Youth Camp on Utoya Island in Norway, Norwegian state broadcaster NRK and the press representative for the Norwegian state secretary said Friday. Many people are injured.

NRK says the shooting is continuing. It says there are about 700 people at the camp.

The location of Utoya Island in Norway, where a shooter has apparently fired shots at a youth camp.

[Update: 12:48 p.m. ET, 6:48 p.m. Oslo] Shots were fired at an Oslo youth meeting following the blast, police told Reuters, quoted by CNN TV. No further details were available.

A reporter with State TV broadcaster NRK is reporting that there is mass confusion within the city. The cause of the blast remains unknown, and no one has claimed responsibility.

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said it was far too early to draw any conclusions on whether it was terrorism and who would carry it out. But, he said, by looking at the extent of the damage, it was plain to see the hallmarks of a major attack.

Cruickshank said that in recent months, there had been increased "chatter" about Norway, which had been investigating militants suspected of being linked to al Qaeda.

Norway also drew the ire of al Qaeda for publishing the controversial political cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that appeared in a Danish newspaper and sparked outrage in the militant Islamic community.

The Scandinavian country also plays a part in NATO's operation in Afghanistan, and now, in Libya.

Norway has been largely spared from terrorism. But last December, an attempted suicide bombing in Stockholm shocked neighboring Sweden.

In July of last year, Norwegian authorities announced the arrests of three suspects in connection with an investigation into terrorist plots in New York and the United Kingdom.

The three were suspected of plotting terrorist attacks and having connections to al Qaeda, the prime minister's office said at the time.

Stoltenberg, who has been prime minister since October 2005, heads a coalition government made up of the Labour Party, the Socialist Left Party and the Centre Party.

[Update: 12:31 p.m. ET, 6:31 p.m. Oslo] iReporter Ian Dutton of New York told CNN when the explosion occurred he was sleeping in his hotel room. "The concussion was [such] that I felt like my bed was struck by lightning … I thought it was an earthquake but Norway is not prone to earthquakes," he said.

He said immediately after the blast, people on the streets seemed stunned.“There wasn’t even initial panic, but more of a shock or ‘how could this be?” he said.

The streets in the blast zone were strangely quiet after the commotion, he said. "Generally it’s a pretty-hopping downtown area, but not now," he said. "The bystanders are being kept quite a distance away."

The site of Friday's blast in Oslo, Norway.

[Update: 12:11 p.m. ET, 6:11 p.m. Oslo] State TV broadcaster NRK confirmed at least two people are dead following an explosion that rocked downtown Oslo, Norway.

[Update: 12:08 p.m. ET, 6:08 p.m. Oslo] Asgeir Ueland, a journalist with Norwegian state broadcaster, said as soon as the explosion occurred it smelled like a burned tire and he knew it wasn't just a gas explosion.

"I knew right away it was an explosion," Ueland told CNN.

Ueland, who said he has reported in the Middle East, compared attacks he has seen there to what he experienced Friday in Norway.

"This was bigger than anything I've seen," he said of other blasts he's seen.

Ueland described the reaction as groups of people in a state of shock.

"There were a lot of people running away crying and screaming," Ueland said.

[Update: 12:02 a.m. ET, 6:02 p.m. Oslo] Joakim Vars Nilsem told CNN that after the blast many people in Oslo were simply in panic and trying to figure out if there was an attack or an explosion going on.

“First of all we just felt tremendous pressure … people were just in shock … they didn’t understand where it was," he said. "People are trying to be calm … we just don’t know what happened right now.”

[Update: 11:53 a.m. ET, 5:53 p.m. Oslo] Ian Dutton, an airline pilot who arrived in Oslo Friday, heard a powerful blast and observed the aftermath from the vantage point of his 28th floor hotel room.

"It rocked me out of bed," he said.

Dutton, who lives in New York City, said that the scene reminded him of what he witnesses on September 11, 2001 there.

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

Ian Dutton, an iReporter, took this photo of the blast in Norway from his hotel room.

The building that suffered the explosion had a heliport on its roof, and now had beams hanging from it, Dutton, an iReporter, said. Most of the windows were blown off and curtains were dangling.

"I can see the warped metal of the building," he said.

There was a line of yellow ambulances by the scene, and a police cordon that kept onlookers back.

"I didn't know Oslo had so many ambulances," he said.

[Update: 11:46 a.m. ET, 5:46 p.m. Oslo] Jon Martin Larsen, head of media for the Norwegian Red Cross, told CNN: "The Norwegian Red Cross has established its own crisis team and is in contact with the municipality of Oslo and the police, ready to assist with whatever they need of first aiders, rescue teams, ambulance or caretakers either in the city center or at the hospitals."

[Update: 11:23 a.m. ET, 5:23 p.m. Oslo] A bomb exploded in a government area, a press officer at Oslo Police Station confirmed to CNN.

“There has been a bomb explosion in the government area," the officer said. "At least one person is dead and a number of people are injured, we don’t have the exact number yet."

Medics treat some of the injured at the scene of an explosion in Oslo, Norway.

But that spokesperson said so far they don't know what the cause was.

"We don’t know if this comes from a terrorist action, we don’t know yet. We don’t know exactly how many explosions were yet," the spokesperson said. "Oslo Center has been evacuated."

People rush to help what appears to be an injured woman after a blast in Oslo, Norway.

A U.S. official says it is too soon to tell what caused the explosion in Oslo or whether it is a terrorist attack. The possibility of terrorism is always a concern because of the ongoing threat from al Qaeda to launch attacks in Europe.

[Update: 11:21 a.m. ET, 5:21 p.m. Oslo] Hans Kristian Amundsen, state secretary of Norway, said the country's prime minister was safe and working at an undisclosed location.

[Update: 11:03 a.m. ET, 5:03 p.m. Oslo]  Norwegian state broadcaster NRK says at least one person has died after a huge explosion rocked the center of the capital, Oslo. Dozens more are being treated in hospitals, NRK said, and all roads leading to the center of Oslo have been blocked.

A photo posted on Twitter via photo service Yfrog.com shows damage from a blast in Norway.

[Update: 11:00 a.m. ET, 5:00 p.m. Oslo] A hotel worker in Oslo's Grand Hotel, about a five-minute walk from the government building, said everyone in the hotel felt and heard the explosion, which felt like someone was shaking the entire building.

"It's crazy," she said, not wanting to be identified because she is not authorized to speak to the media on behalf of the hotel. "This happens in the big world, not in Oslo. I'm shocked."

Vivian Paulsen, media adviser for the Norwegian Red Cross, lives 20 minutes away from the center of Oslo in the northern outskirts of the city. She said she heard a "huge blast."

"I heard the big bang, I didn't think it was anything serious. I can still see smoke coming up from the place," she said, watching from her apartment balcony. She also heard sirens and ambulances.

As for Oslo, she said what others have been saying: Events like this don't happen in the northern European capital.

"There's occasional arrests of terror suspects we read about in the paper, or people planning something. I can hear ambulances and sirens."

[Update: 10:48 a.m. ET, 4:48 p.m. Oslo]
Nick Soubiea, an American-Swedish tourist in Oslo, told CNN he was less than 100 yards from the blast, which he described as deafening.

"It was almost in slow motion, like a big wave that almost knocked us off our chairs," he said. "It was extremely frightening."

He said the streets were crowded with people trying to get away from the center of the city. "There are people running down the streets, people crying, everyone's on their cell phones calling home," he said.

Crowds evacuate from downtown Oslo, Norway after an explosion.

[Update: 10:47 a.m. ET, 4:47 p.m. Oslo] A spokesperson for the Legevakten Hospital in Oslo, Norway confirmed the blasts in the downtown area but said they weren't sure how bad it was.

"Right now we are not too sure what has happened, we are watching the news and talking to the other hospitals," the spokesperson said. "We don’t know what caused it or how many people are injured."

[Update: 10:36 a.m. ET, 4:36 p.m. Oslo]  One explosion happened near a government building housing the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, said the reporter, Linda Reinholdsen. Another hit near the Norwegian parliament, she said.

A photo posted on Twitpic and then on Twitter shows damage from the blasts in Norway.

Several buildings in Oslo were on fire, she said, and smoke was pouring from them.

Gibbs, the journalist with Reuters, said he believes one explosion happened on an upper floor of a main government building. He said it blew out every window on the side of the building where the blast occurred.

One of the blasts damaged the Oil Ministry and left it in flames, he said.

[Update: 10:16 a.m. ET, 4:16 p.m. Oslo] At least one of the explosions happened near some government buildings, said Walter Gibbs, a journalist with Reuters. He said he saw eight injured people, including two or three with serious wounds and one who looked dead. Reuters reported that the prime minister was safe.

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[Update: 10:11 a.m. ET, 4: 11 p.m Oslo] A second blast was heard in central Oslo shortly after an initial explosion rocked the city, a reporter for Norwegian state broadcaster NRK told CNN Friday. Linda Reinholdsen said there was a state of confusion in the city and several government buildings were affected.

See photos from Norway state TV.

[10 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. Oslo] An explosion rocked a part of central Oslo, Norway, on Friday, state TV reported. State TV broadcaster NRK said on its website that windows in several buildings had been blown out and people were in the street bleeding. News reports suggest the government building has been affected.

soundoff (2,836 Responses)
  1. Nodack

    One guy is sure it was Al Quaeda, one guy knows it was Libya, another says it was one of it's own people protesting it's governments actions and yet another is sure it was because of some Sri Lankan terrorist group.

    Maybe we should let the professionals do their job before we blame half the planet. The US went after Iraq because of 9/11 and Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, terrorism or WMD. It did have oil though and guess which companies and from which countries are pumping it out of the ground in Iraq as we speak?

    July 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrMe

      Most Americans aren't capable of refraining from making decisions based upon emotion rather than logic. Everything you said there will go over their heads...

      July 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • qanerd

      Oh I get it. It must be a gas explosion.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Really, you think people were sold on going into Iraq because of 9/11? We went because Hussein violated his terms of the initial war – many, many times against threats of international community and without sanctions working. Ultimately if he had let nuclear inspectors in to do their job, Bush/Cheney/Rumsfield wouldn't have been able to convince people to move so quickly. Yes, in the end, all of the wars are over something – land, religion, resources, etc. Please tell me your just a kid or something...

      July 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      So our well earned speculation of the blast is what caused the blast in Norway? Get real man, liberal doesnt mean stupid. I for one KNOW this is Islam and I for one am liberal, Im just not a tard.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrMe

      Joey, you don't -know- that. The people who are there don't even know. If you were as enlightened as you pretend you are, you would -know- that Islam as a religion does not carry out terrorist attacks.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Barath

    Sympathies with the Norwegians and condolences to the families of those bereaved. This seems like a dastardly terror attack.

    Jihadis behind this ?

    July 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. brian

    Ah, yes, the religion of peace strikes again... as always, there are no Muslim leaders condemning the act.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrMe

      That's because at this time, as stated in the article, no information is available as to the cause/source of the explosions/bombs.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |

      ISLAM is the reason we are into this.
      We will be into this for the next 100 years aswell.
      Wake up!

      July 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ari

    sad. scandinavians are probably the most progressive and open-minded people on earth, and this is what happens to them...

    July 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe smitty

      Agreed, but I am starting to see a gap develop between being pogressive and open minded. Being open minded carries with it a certain trust and naivite that leaves one open to such acts of aggression. A progressive society will not and cannot tolerate such acts. We are all long overdue for a hard reality check that will lead us to the conclusion that our open mindedness, rather than being progressive, is actually having a negative effect on our societies. Everyone the world over is not the same. The sooner we recognize those differences in cultural values, the safer we will be.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Arod

    News article from July 8th, 2010 (one year ago):

    "Officials in Norway on Thursday, July 8, said they have arrested three men with ties to al-Qaeda suspected of "preparing terror activities." It was unclear if their targets were to be in Norway or elsewhere. The men — one of whom was apprehended in Germany — were described as two legal Norwegian residents and a naturalized citizen. They are thought to have been planning bombing attacks similar to — and apparently linked to — last September's averted suicide strike on the New York City subway system.

    As in the New York plot, authorities believe, the operatives planning attacks in Norway and Manchester intended to use portable bombs made with peroxide.


    July 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |

    ISLAM is not as peaceful as the so called pundits claim.
    I am really miffed by let's wait till we jump to conclusion and look at the stats Islam 1000+ Other 0

    July 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dachau

      Ahhh the religous folks..... How about all thos echirstians killing abortion clinic providers, murdering innocent black people in Africa in the name of Jesus, hell the dark ages (what is that name referring to again?), etc... Christans fundametalists are the mass murderers of the world.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott Pilgrim beat The World

      Religion, nationality, it's just a veil. People kill because they're insane.

      But the mad geniuses use a veil to get people to kill for them.

      Religion is just the excuse used for hateful people to spread hate and death.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valhalla

      You just oversimplified Western History and arrived at an absurd conclusion. Well done, your parents parents be proud. Yell up to them from the basement and let them know that you have identified the real culprit!

      July 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • directipelinetogodsear

      do you have a clue what the "Reply" button means ~ I think not yoyo

      July 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rikke

    This is in NO WAY what has been reported! Norwegian police has just had a press release saying TWO were dead and around 15 injured!! STOP creating rumours and make the thing even worse, it's disrespectful towards people who have, or might have, family/close ones possibly being injured or living in the city!!

    July 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul

    I somewhat agree to what you are saying, the only time Norway has been agresive in any ocasion was yes the vikings.
    But because we have not acted like paranoid little girls, sutch as the US. We have maintained a better living standard than
    most countries, and we have one of the ritches countries in the world aswell because of beeing nautral. It is amazing the
    way the US makes fun of countries that are more succesfull than themselves... What do you people even know about Norway!?

    July 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • rt

      Really? You think Norway is more wealthy than the U.S.? You have your facts wrong. The U.S. is the wealthiest nation in the world in terms of absolute wealth. In 2010, the GDP of the U.S. was $14 Trillion, where as for Norway it was $414 Billion – figures from IMF and World back. Norway is way behind the U.S.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Injusticeforall

      Except Norway has the highest standard of living in the world, while the US has one of the worst divisions between rich and poor. Damn socialism for you.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      that is probably why they were targeted, they can't stand someone living like humans.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • maxovrdriv

      Lets look at the reasons and rational for it though. People here have the opportunity to go to school, start their own business and take the risks if they choose. I took student loans worked 3 jobs and got thru school and made something of myself. We have to many living on the govt. dime, expecting handouts and content with that so of course there is a class system. They too will end up like Greece, Spain, Italy, England and all the rest that rely on the govt and their 70% taxes for everything.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegnd

      The Us is wealthy? You may want to take a look at a news site. The US congress is busy arguing about weather or not to borrow more money to make payments on the money it already owes. I don't care if it's a country, a business, a family, or an individual, if you can't make your loan payments without borrowing more money, you are not wealthy. Moving a lot of money around doesn't mean a thing if it's all borrowed, and you can't pay it back.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • phyrro

      RT: If I was living in Norway my "share" of the GDP would be about 100,000 dollars in the US it is about 50,000 dollars.
      As far as individual wealth I will take Norway hands down.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • pera

      good clue. US are making all these wars with arabs, for their interests, and draws even a peacefull norway in their mud... so dear paul just think of that what happened in norway to innocent people today happens on daily basis in any muslim country (iraq,libia,afgan...) where your allies introduce peace..

      July 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      I can understand why you are upset, but attacking an entire country because of what some idiot said on here is childish. I, and I'm sure every American, is sorry for the loss and turmile your country is experiencing. Success wise, lets not go there on a day of tragedy.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Williams

      """It is amazing the way the US makes fun of countries that are more succesfull than themselves."""

      Paul, you must be referring to the rightwing element over here. They're the ones who delusionally believe that the American way is the only way.

      We're not all that way. Many of us have actually been to other countries and realize that other people have better ways of doing certain things.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. emmanuel

    we are praying for you ;-] we all love yall

    July 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. News In

    New report is saying at least 138 dead. 78 hurt in explosion.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Unless you can verify your sources, we don't want to hear from you

      July 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • News out

      You are continously trying to falsify facts, making this seem bigger than it is.
      Only 2 are confirmed killed from the explosion, the number of injured is unknown.
      I hope you get banned from commenting, "News In".

      July 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    Wow...so many people thousands of miles away have already solved the crime without ever setting foot at the scene. Impressive!

    I remember when the Murrah Federal Building was bombed, and everybody immediately assumed it was a "muslim" terrorist attack. Whoops.

    How about we wait for facts before issuing condemnations, folks? I'm not saying it can't have been "muslims", nor even that it's unlikely. But a little verification's always nice before we form the lynch mob.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    Charmy... I do know and I will say... ISLAM is evil. Yes, have read enough of the Koran and spoken to enough Muslims to formulate that opinion! And I also have the right to express that!

    July 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ari

    there are now reports of someone disguised as a police officer opening fire in a youth camp aligned with the PM's party right now. :/

    July 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike


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  15. Sverre

    New attack reported on labour party youth camp "Utøya". Random shooting reported – 560 youths present... possibly related?

    July 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
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