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. PulTab

    religious fanaticism rears its head again.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ObamaBinBadagin

    I'm in London at the moment and the TV here made a quick comment about possible Muslim terrorists then went into a 5 minute diatribe about Nazi extremists in Norway and Timothy McVeigh. So with 1 right-wing extremist attack in the last 15 years and about 2 million Muslim-extremist attacks they choose to concentrate on Nazis! This on a Rupert Murdoch channel – Sky News! It's just as PC here as it is at home.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Craig

    May God comfort the people of Norway, especially those who have lost family members. Blessings from America....

    July 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Maybe God shouldn't have been asleep at the wheel when this went down in the first place.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. afkbrad

    There are times when words and thoughts cannot teach someone. Some societies only learn from actions. The actions of this Muslim group should let Europe know that multiculturalism has failed. Europe allowed the Muslims in and will now pay the price. I don't feel pity for them at all; they're getting their just reward for believing Muslims would ever assimilate into western society.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. badrsgord

    This is sick and twisted. The first thought is stike back. How? We are told to pray for our enemies. Maybe that would work. I'm confilcted between that and dropping a daisy cutter during the Hagj or however the Islam once a year stampede is spelled. If I were Europe i'd start planning a way to implement mass deportations of Muslims. They won't integrate but they love to and truly – hate.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. me

    Muslim = "Peace warriors"

    haha... u made me Laugh

    July 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fiftyville

    "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. What an idiot. Does he not realize that a significant percentage of the international community has a stake in making sure this kind of terror happens?

    July 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amberican23

      Okay thats just not true you idiot. No one in the international community wants terrorism and they don't benefit from them either. Because of globalization, when one gets hurt everyone feels it.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • fiftyville

      Syrians, Iranians, Palestinians, Sudanese, Pakistanis, Afghans, Libyans, Moroccans, North Koreans, et al simply don't exist in your world? How quaint.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • fiftyville

      Oops, forgot Chechens. Sorry!

      July 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Falstaff

      You would have complained had Obama not made a statement. So your "opinion" is null and void, moron.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amberican23

    Okay seriously all you people talking about Islam: 1. Its more of a political philosophy driving this and they use Islam to justify their actions and political beliefs. 2. People talking about the Quran being hateful or other negative things: it is just a religious text and, just like the Bible and other religious texts, may include passages which contain violence. It also contains passages about how killing innocent people means you are not a Muslim! Please understand and learn (and I dont mean just from google b/c half of those websites are there to spread negative stereotypes of Islam) before you make ignorant and hateful comments. The people who did this are evil, but you cant blame almost 1/5 (1.5 BILLION people) for the actions of few. Muslims want freedom, democracy, jobs, etc just like everyone else. Please just stop and think we're all human beings.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guvnoir

      You should stop being so naive. True most of the 1.5 billion muslims are moderate, but what about that 10 percent, or 150 million that want to restore the caliphate.

      I suggest that you do what you criticise others for doing, which is looking up the koran, sunnah and sira and you'll see that Islam is not a religion of peace. Their prophet broke every treaty that he made with his neighbors and attacked, murdered, plundered, and enslaved them. He is their example, and the fundamentalists are following him.

      And about the "peace" in the Quran: islamic scholars, the Ulema, will tell you that those peaceful verses were 'abrogated' by the violent verses that contradicted them later.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe800

      ..please stop trying to convince us water isnt wet, fire isnt hot and terrorists arent muslim...name us one one bombing in the past 10 years that wasnt by an islamic terrorist group...when a muslim cleric gets up and announces theyve turned over a person(s) to the authorities because they suspected terror related activity, then I'll listen to the "islam is about peace" discussion...

      July 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • c'mon people !!!!!!!!!!

      @Guvnior @joe800
      I think u must take a moment of rejudgement. All muslims condemn and criticize TERRORISM so ISLAM as a religion has nothing to do with it (TERRORISM). HITLER the biggest killer of all time was a christian and Serbian army made war crimes against muslim civilians and THE muslim HOLOCAUST is happening in PALESTINE.Israeli army kills a dozen Palestinian innocents everyday and makes a 1-million innocents starving and dying slowly in GAZA district. so what can u say about these issues if u're fair.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rajiv

    Quran-8:66:”….if there are a 100 of you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish 2,00, and if a 1,000 , they will vanquish 2,000 (two thousands) with the leave of Allah…” [This fabulous verse was written in the diary of Muhammad Ata the leader of 9/11 terrorists].

    July 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amberican23

      Anyone can use any religious text to justify anything they really want to do. How about you learn about historical problems instead of quoting religious text to incite hatred.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guvnoir


      Why do you feel the need to defend the doctrine of Islam? I take it that you are a woman. Why do you defend a creed which seeks to subjugate you?

      It is not the rest of us that are inciting hatred. Islam, the Quran, sunnah, and Sira inspire hatred, which is why muslim terrorists attack us.

      Again, why do you feel the need to defend a religion that you obviously know nothing about?

      July 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe800

      @Amberican...those same texts are what is used to teach ignorant illiterate boys the hate and promises of holy war....the only people kililng others because the text they read these days is muslim...there hasnt been a proven KKK conspiracy that resulted in a killing in over 40 years...

      July 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • c'mon people !!!!!!!!!!

      many people make racism their rule of judgement. so they attack others unfairly and in racial way. we must be fair with others no matter their thoughts are. we must wait and see the rest of the story.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • c'mon people !!!!!!!!!!

      u're absolutely completely wrong. TERRORISTS are being fought in every muslim country by muslims in KSA, Pakistan, Yemen etc . and they (TERRORISTS) cause troubles to those muslims more than they cause to others. PLEASE check yemeni news to see how many muslim soldiers are killed by ALQAEDA militants. the fact is TERRORISM is against islam and muslims just as it is against the HUMANITY.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Roy

    If this Norwegian website's info is right, the shooter was likely NOT the bomber, though both were wearing police uniforms. It sounds like the bomber may have killed himself.

    "I sat in my office looking out the window in the OBO on Hammersborg square. I would take a phone and looked out the window. There I saw a tall, slim police officer who was wearing a helmet. He also had high shoulders, as if he had something under his uniform.

    – The uniformed man sat in a brown or beige light car. It was bigger than a van. It resembled an old Volvo or something. Two minutes later it exploded, said the eyewitness."

    July 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fun Times with Islam

    Peaceful religion. I believe only 90% of the world's wars are involving these fun beliefs. Just make sure you put the gun down for a minute while you pray 5 times a day.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Norwaydude

    10 confirmed killed on Utøya

    July 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Guvnoir

    When will western nations have an honest and frank discussion about tightening our immigration laws to prevent the importation of muslim terrorists?

    We have big enough problems with the homegrown terrorists, what sense does it make to keep allowing more of them in? Middle eastern countries certainly have no qualms about preventing their undesireables from entering their countries as it pertains to Israelis, Iranians, or Americans depending on the country.

    Even if muslims come to the west without jihad on their minds, as we see all the time in America, they can be radicalized into terrorists with indoctrination by wahabist imams. We need to consider a Muslim Exclusion Act...

    July 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Roy

    Note to CNN: This is 2011. You should have a better commenting system on this blog post. It is virtually impossible to keep track of the flow of discussion due to your antiquated system.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dark paul

    Wow, The Norwegians are paying the price for allowing filthy animals to immigrate to their beautiful country. Now is the time for the world to see the light and destroy the vermin infested sites in Mecca and Medina and stop the migration of these "people" anywhere. Time for an extermination.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
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