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. Ann

    It's shameful the way every time there's an attack of any kind, everyone immediately assumes it's al Qaeda and goes into their "kill all Muslims" schpiel (which is kind of ironic, really, for one thing). The Unabomber wasn't a Muslim extremist. Nor was the guy in Oklahoma City. Nor were all the teenagers who've shot up schools, the IRA (which was causing trouble for decades)...and so far, this bears all the signs of being the work of a Norwegian and having nothing to do with al Qaeda.

    Newsflash: Every group on earth (white, black, male, female, Christian, Muslim, everything) has its share of crazies. Muslim extremists aren't the only ones with bomb-making instructions or the necessary supplies. Muslims don't actually have a monopoly on any of this, and (gasp!) most of them are perfectly good people. But there are a lot of racists around who'd never listen to something like that. Maybe there's no point in saying it.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam27

      Very well said!I

      July 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dviper

      Thanks Ann! Finally, someone put a sensible comment. People usually commenting on CNN articles are half-wits.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laerion

      I agree that each country, each religion, each race has its share of crazines, but you must admit that the majority of terrorist acts in the world are commited by muslims yout can't deny that fact. And I agree to that these terrorists are a tiny fraction of the world muslim population. I also agree that this guy could be a Norwegian angered with its government and nothing to do with al-Qaeda. I think that we all must wait the outcome of the investigations.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Javed11

      @laerion : I am assuming that you consider wiping out the civilian population of two countries in a never ending war as acts of love

      July 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Firas balushi

      Thank you Ann for you wonderful comment. I really wish if every one in this world have your type of mentality. I am 40 years old Muslim from Oman. I have never in my life considered the west as my enemy, not me, neither my family or my naibors. Muslims are 1.5 b around the world. Some people are trying to show all of us a pure force of evil, and that we should all be eliminated from this planet. I am a devoted Muslim, and I know for sure that Islam does not tell me to be evil. In Islam, when you are in war, you should not cut a tree or destroy land or water, so how about killing innocent people. Prophet Mohammed tells us that killing one person is like killing all mankind. Prophet Mohammed says also that he will be on the side of all non Muslims who has been killed by muslims unlawfully. I am not here to defend Islam, but what I am trying to say here is that Muslims are not the enemy of the west, we are people like me you, we love our children, take care of our Ill and elderly. Some people are trying to dehumanize us, as if we are out of this world. Bin laden and the 9/11 attackers are mass murderers, the Majority of muslims know that. So for the people who say that all Muslims are like ben Ladin, stop and think for a while, can you blame 1.5 b person for what few did, is that fair, is that logical.
      (I apologize for my poor English, since English is not my first language + me being severally dyslexic))       

      July 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • dviper

      @Laerion, where are you getting your facts about majority of terrorism being done my muslims? Over 90% of the terrorist acts done on US soil were done by non-muslims. Please stop watching Fox news.

      July 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chillipepper

    @ jim mraz... You must be a young pup about breaking news. Don't believe that the guy is a white non Muslim until the facts come out. Don't you know in the beginning of breaking news and the things they report about the "facts" are almost always wrong. You're so quick to believe anything it seems. Or want to believe so bad that it wasn't a Muslim attack. Com'on look at all the attacks around the world just like this my radical muslims. It's not like I'm jumping to a wild far fetched conclusion. I'm going to wait for the realf acts first.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. soso

    It should be a bit embarassing to CNN that if you want the update on these news, you have to go and check the links that users provide in the comment section. Not to speak of giving a story such a decided angle spred over several articles, which aöll appear to be wrong and out if date mere minutes after posting. And it should be embarassing to the bunch commenting here who doesn't even read the actual they are commenting under article as a whole before typing so much nonsense. In other words, it appears to have been an ethnic Norwegian who was, supposedly, very much in line with what many here post about Islam etc.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. one

    its the vikingastinians, a proud muslim nations that is being brutally occupied by the immigrant Norwegians. free free vikingastin! end the norwegian occupation! there is a siege on rozengord! norway is an aparthide nation!

    what is the difference between israel and norway? why is it ok to say such lies about israel, but on norway it is wrong?

    July 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joshua


    This is probably the man who did it......btw he is Christian not Muslim

    July 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Roessevoll

    This is a tragic day for Norway. The terrorist attac took our innocence away!! It seems to be a single Norwegian neonazi 32 yo man standing behind this atrocities!! We ar living i a country most people of the world envy us, but still there exist evil people who hate the labour goverment!!!! I am a norwegian and labour party member. Proud to be a norwegian, but shamed that a norwegian stand behind this evil!!!

    July 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leon

    Saw the first video on this page. What is wrong with you Americans? This is not the Super Bowl ... this was a horrible attack in Oslo! The reporter is more concerned with bringing the news with "american style" drama. This is not a Tv show ... nor is it a soap; this is real life, real people, some of them dead ... so why ... am I watching a super-bowl commentator? You people really disgust me ... sorry to say. Have some respect for the people that died in the attack, cut the drama, cut the "cool" google streetview crap ... and just deliver the news with some dignity.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. yusuf

    its said that 4 days ago norwegians government had pledge support for the palestinian statehood. we all know norway are accused of being anti semitic by israeli government. nuke israel zionist and erase them from the map , then they need many years to gather again and claim another land in africa. simple as that. the violence musad brough to the wirld is un imaginable, but they clever and majority of the people dont notice it, everyone blames muslims for any attack. julian assange has proven that and he is criminalized.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MK


    Here he is.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chillipepper

    The two attacks might not even been related. Breaking news is always wrong about the real facts.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joshua

    It is a Whtie Christian....he is not Muslim...so stop reporting that is motivated by Islamic extremism

    July 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • chillipepper

      Joshua you are just making stuff up to make white Christians look bad.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Christian

    Latest news has it the guy who was caught is connected to both the bombing and the shootings. He considers himself a nationalist, is a 32 years old norwegian white male with blond hair and blue eyes. Few years ago he started his own agriculture company, which may have given him access to great deal of furtilzers that can be used for making bombs. It does therefor seem very unlikely that islamists are behind this. He was caught on CCTV film outside the government buildings few minutes before the bombs went off in the center and later caught on the island by the special police unit after the shootings.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • nmmell08

      Thank you very much...earlier today the only thing I heard was it was the Islamist terrorists that did this. Now the info comes out it is a homegrown terrorist, like OK City. For all the people who jumped to that conclsussion, you can now walk with your tail b/w your legs and scram.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Um...... Islamists first claimed responsibility and then retracted their claim. What were we supposed to think when they cheered the deaths of innocent people? http://www.jihadica.com/alleged-claim-for-oslo-attacks/

      July 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • roko

      So he is not Islamic terrorist, if he is not Muslim, than he must be crazy, because only Muslims are terrorists, so punishment will be few months in some mental hospital near Oslo, in the winter 2012 he will be free.

      Party is over, it is not anymore interesting for public and media. We almost forgotten about ours almost bankrupt economies today.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GS

    Article states
    The man, who is still being questioned, is tall with blonde hair, “Nordic appearance,”

    Hmmm! A home grown Terrorist.
    I wonder what that means for white people at the airports.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • rayan

      lol, no discrimination probably? equality to all

      July 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • lars

      even if he is white lives in norway dosnt mean hes not muslim the fact is religion aside any coward who would open fire on a bunch of peaple let alone kids should be delt with quik and put down as to never hurt anyone again

      July 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rayan

    ops look like the tea party supporter did it. his name is Anders Behring Breivik according to sky news and tv2 Norway. to all of you who drew up conclusions out of your s*" holes how do u feel now?????

    July 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • roko

      I think they are very dissapointed now because terrorist is right wing Norveign Christian who will like to kill Muslims. On BBC tonight, guy call himself expert, he said, doesn't mater if guy is blonde hair Norveign, Islamic terrorists regrute Westerns? Stupid idiot.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Where does it say he's a Christian? What teaching of Jesus Christ did he follow if he carried out these attacks?

      July 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. roko

    If some person kill someone, and he is Muslim, than he is Islamic terrorist, but if some person kill someone and he is not Muslim, than he is killer, shooter or what ever, but not for example Christian terrorist?

    July 22, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      if he's doing it in the name of Islam and in adherence to the principles of Islam then, yes he's an Islamic terrorist. Now, what principles of Christianity can you point to that say it's okay to blow up innocent people because they disagree with your religion?

      July 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ad

      why do you assume he is christian? arent you then guilty of the same bias?

      July 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tia

      Islamic terrorists are Muslims who kill because they are directed by their religion to kill non-Muslims. For him to be a Christian terrorist he would have to a) be Christian and b) have killed people because his religion directed him to. This guy appears to have been attacking a political party, not a religion.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • lars

      our religion does not say we will be rewarded if we kill

      July 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      True and not true. After all, one could also be white and atheist, Mormon, Jewish or any of a half dozen major religions.
      But, only ONE faith is always mentioned when an attacker is of that particular faith.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ad

      @lars. if you are talking abt christianity.... then, it does claim to reward people with riches of the heaven and the earth if they loot and plunder infidels.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • SOSO

      As much he didn't claim he killed someone in the name of Allah, God, Jahve or Budha he is not a religious killer

      July 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • roko

      quote SOSO:

      As much he didn't claim he killed someone in the name of Allah, God, Jahve or Budha he is not a religious killer
      @SOSO, so did that mean if I go and kill bunch of the innocent people who don't like for example U2 Bono's voice, and I claim that I killed them in the name of the U2, did that mean that I am U2 music killer?

      Did you belive really to some mass killer when he say that he is innocent? Mostly we don't belive them. So when some Muslim, even he is not Muslim if he kill innocent person, say that he do that in the name of the Islam, why should we belive him? I mean who gave him that authority to kill in the name of the Islam? How I know Islam, that person who kills one single innocent person, he is automatically expelled from Islam, he is not Muslim anymore.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
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