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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One man is in custody.

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

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

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

Survivor: Victims tried to swim away (video)

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

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

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

In Pictures: The dual tragedies in Norway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more witness accounts of the blast in Oslo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Matt

    I get that same feeling down my spine every time I see the WTC in movies and TV shows filmed prior to 9/11.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury


      July 23, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bjorgens

    Tea party extremist killer young man and norwegian extremist man are so identical.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • JulieD

      I thought that too. Dozens, hundreds of people even, just going about their day suddenly caught in the crosshairs of a madman.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • commonman01

      How is it you know both of these people to make such a statement?

      July 23, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • AK

      To which "tea party extremist killer" are you referring? Answer is, there isn't anyone identifiably Tea Party who has done such a thing.

      Please try to avoid forming opinions on based on propaganda.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Phil

    God bless the Norwegians.

    I understand the pain, suffering and confusion you all must be going through having lived 5 miles from the pentagon during 9/11. Our thoughts are with you all; victims, bystanders, and loved ones of those lost. The world grieves with you.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • JulieD

      Well said, Phil

      July 23, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Xotchil

    Same here. I remember watching the news after the first strike on the towers and then they switched to a live shot of the second plane hitting the second tower. It felt like Armageddon...felt like the world was ending. I imagine that is what Norway is feeling right now. And a youth camp...what kind of evil attacks children? I hope the guy gets fried...no "humane death" for him. Does Norway even have a death penalty?

    July 23, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Nope, sadly Norway abolished the death penalty after World War II. The only European country that still carries out executions is Belarus.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      "then they switched to a live shot of the second plane hitting the second tower. It felt like Armageddon...felt like the world was ending."

      Yes, it felt that way to everyone who was not a sociopath.

      "Wolfowitz: We were having a meeting in my office. Someone said a plane had hit the World Trade Center. Then we turned on the television and we started seeing the shots of the second plane hitting, and this is the way I remember it. It’s a little fuzzy.

      Q: Right.

      Wolfowitz: There didn’t seem to be much to do about it immediately and we went on with whatever the meeting was. Then the whole building shook. I have to confess my first reaction was an earthquake. I didn’t put the two things together in my mind. Rumsfeld did instantly"


      July 23, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. JulieD

    My heart is breaking for these innocent victims, I simply can't put into words the grief the I feel for the Norwegians caught in the crossfire of an obviously deeply disturbed killer. And I agree with you Matt...I get that same feeling, too everytime I see the WTC in movies, etc.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. commonman01

    Condolences to the families of those killed. May no one escape who was involved in this destruction.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. thomas mc

    The terrorist is a right wing nationalist Christian. Just like every Tea Party member.
    Don't be too suprised when the same thing happens here. I'm just saying.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
    • JulieD

      Thomas, I totally despise the tea-bag movement and all that it entails, but right now, the wounds are too horrible and too painful to begin placing blame on a particular political stance.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • commonman01

      you sound a bit biggoted to me. So tell me just how many tea party members are this way .... are you sure it is everyone of them ?????? Or is it any of them ... are you a 12 yr old athiest or what ?

      July 23, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Whiskey Jack

      You are a fool. I'm just sayin.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jim L.

    No place is safe from poltical extremists and their guns. Why are these mass murders disproportionately perpetrated by the conservatives (Timothy McVeigh, the 19 9/11 high jackers, I can go on)? You don't see hippies killing people like this. I'll pray for your nation tonight, as long as you pray for mine the next time.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • JulieD

      Food for thought, Jim. It does seem to be the conservatives who carrry out violent attacks and immoral acts.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Whiskey Jack

      Give me a break! It must suck to bleed Liberalism all over your sleeve.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Obamalito

      I beg to differ, I think Chairman Mao and Stalin, that led the pack in slaughtering humans are two well known leftist liberals!

      July 23, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury


      July 23, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Come on people!? Comparing this evil POS to the "tea party"? What is wrong with you people? Shameful...

    July 23, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. JulieD

    My heart broke when I heard the President (or Prime minister) of Norway saying no terrorist attack has ever hit Norwegian soil Just one person behind this....so incredible.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. jake nagan

    these attacks are unjustified wether from terorrism or related to internal extremists of norway..i have not been to norway but i have learned about how tolorance and peacefull they are ..such attacks reminds us of how dangerous our world has been..we on daily bases hear bombings in iraq,afghanistan,somalia ,pakistan etc but today its in europe..i believe that together and quicker we find the root causes of terorrism the easier and the best way to save life...thank you.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • commonman01

      The root is called demons .

      July 23, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. ignoranceorjusthatred

    I dont see the same headlines as when a MUSLIM person does some hidious act of violence, So if a white christian male with blond har and blue eyes does the same thing, its not as important and the headlines are not as explosive.
    no matter what religion and what race, all of this is wrong and needs to be stopped, but so does the use of Extremist-muslim and creating a image of hatred n the religion only preaches harted (fear sells), any act that hurts another person is terrorism not only when just its a muslim who does .. the bottom line is...no one has the right to take a life and no religion allows it. i hope peace, tranquility and respect of each other grows.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. innersixx

    It's not about politics. Its about being crazy. Not everyone who is far right, or far left will go on a rampage of chaos. I'm betting if this guy was even in the center he still would have done this. You can't stop insane people from doing insane things.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • JulieD

      I'm in total agreement, unchecked mental illness runs rampant and with our bloated over-population, more and more of the mentally ill are slipping through our social cracks, world-wide.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • ignoranceorjusthatred

      yes, theres millions of insane people, and they r from all races, colours and religions from every part of the world. we r losing tolerance for each other.. the media is promoting hatred....i blame alot of this insane brainwashing on the media and the greed for money, rhey will do anything, say anything to sell a story

      July 23, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
    • RedOak

      I'm sorry to burst your illusion, but it IS about politics. Right wing conservatives of every religion rely on violence to promote their political agenda. 911, Tim McVey, they are all extremist conservatives.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ignoranceorjusthatred

    he was a terrorist.... he has terrorized his community, city, country and the world... and most importantly the dead, the injured and there families.... look up the definition...

    July 23, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Hasselhoff

    America is full of these nutjobs too. I'm sorry for the Norwegian people!..Terrorism isn't just muslims jihadists, it comes in all forms. it can strike anywhere. this really sucks.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
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