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.

Video: Close-up view of Oslo blast

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.

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."

soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. s kel

    how sad, and sad for this country the tea party is here. real sad.

    July 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jason

    To s kel how can you talk about normal america when during the 2010 election your position was rejected. Your party was destroyed up and down the ballot and you talk about being far from normal america.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TheOceanBlue

    I am deeply sadden and angered with the horrific and merciless acts of terrorism and violence this man has caused to such a wonderful and peaceful place we call Norway. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. Let this be an eye opener to us all that this world is getting worse and worse each and every day. Words cannot describe the horrific events that happened Friday......May these young souls be at peace....

    July 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mildredrose

    The total has been calculated at 17 people killed and more injured this afternoon in Norway. It has been reported that there was a bomb explosion at the government headquarters in Oslo. http://bit.ly/qV6PoA

    July 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hogwash

    False-Muslim's condemn Jihad, but true Muslim's obey Allah who commands "Kill the invaders" in his word the Koran. True Christians have never been involved in the wars of men. Their battle is a spiritual one, not a physical one. False-Christians, on the other hand, are drunk with the blood that they have spilled in the name of God.

    July 24, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Logan9773

      Oh, so you don't claim to know the guys that do your dirty work? Typical.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. s kel

    to jason, seems to me your devil worshiping party, that malignant growth called the tea party, has infected the other party stupid enough to allow that horriable growth to fester ,tea party, and cant seem to get rid of it. now the cancerous filth has grown within the repuke party , making the repugs loose any form of common scence and take on more hate and greed. now you say how normal america was fooled in 2010, ill give you that but it sure as hell will not be tea party/repuked again in 2012 when the right wing sickness thats taken over this country is removed and i pray destroyed. sorry norway again the u.s. has a domestic problem like you do with right wing extreamists, but my love to your nation.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    hogwash thats a good name for the racist hogwash garbage you bloged on here, keep up the good hate you fool.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ramtough

    Let what this guy did be a lesson ppl that: If you hate long enough, it turns you into the very thing that you hate. This guy is no more the Christian he says he is by killing innocent ppl than terrorist who say they are Muslim and kill innocent ppl. Neither are Christian or Muslim that they say they are but are one in the same class.."False prophets". They are nothing short of tools of the devil to drive the wedge of fear, ignorance, and intolerance between the bond of diversity and peace.

    July 24, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Logan9773

      Well, they're sure going to bring your religions crashing down. Were tired of all the war and hate. Time to get rid of all "religions".

      July 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Christian Terrorist

    This Christian Terrorism is directly linked to the Hate Speech coming from the Church pulpits and western government podiums.
    There is a definite Christian Terrorist group operating in Norway against Muslims.

    This was not the work of one Christian Terrorist but the work of many Christian Terrorists in Norway.

    Christianity is Evil and the Bible must be removed from all libraries.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan9773

      Just as the Koran and all muslims must be removed as well. Both religions are nothing but hate and greed. Though I agree he is with a group. That is a uniform he is wearing in the picture. Cross and Skull. That looks like symbols of rank on his collar. We need to find out of what group and then send in the Seals.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jewish Terrorists

      The Torah and all Jews should also be monitored. Jews have been terrorists since the 1940s with King David Hotel Bombing. The Torah explicitly states that Jews should kill Christians and lie to Christians.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      This guy was not a Christian, the media merely has tagged him as one. A REAl Bible believing Christian would not have killed one person, let alone nearly 100.

      Jesus told us to LOVE one another.

      Here's a good look at why this nut was nut a Christian:


      July 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Report on white Christians

    Please report all Christians to Homeland Security; especially if they are white, go to Church, drive a van and/or express any political views.

    Christians are dangerous people and their religion does not complement world peace & harmony.

    All Christian schools must be shut down.

    All Christians must be forced to register and have their communications monitored without warrants.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan9773

      I'm for it. And put the muslims in the same boat.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jews are Terrorists Also

      Jews are killing innocent children everyday. Rabbis in Israel advocate killing Christians everyday. Jews should be banned from Europe and America.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Logan9773

    "God" ( and the tea baggers / christian priests / local religious nutjobs ) told him to do it.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Logan9773

    "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."

    In other words, Rome is sending in Priests with lots of cash and threats to shut everyone up.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. billp

    We can only hope that this nut does not cause people to believe the entire Christian faith is to blame. It's important to remember that when a Christian commits an act of mass murder/terror, he is an aberration and not a Christian at heart. When a Muslim commits an act of mass murder/terror, he is typical of that faith and reveals Islam for what it truly is. Right.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • At billp

      Actually this is right on par with some religious campaigns. All those false prophet cults are a festering sore on humanity. They hurt in order to heal. Truly sick.

      July 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Norway Loves Murderers

    I've read from two sources that this guy if convicted can only receive a maximum of 21 years (or 40 years depending on the source). Please tell me this isn't true? Maybe in this guy's sick mind he saw the lack of compassion towards murder victims in Norway, so he did something completely horrendous in order to change the system? It's easy to use Nazi vs Islam as a distraction, because our society is based on xenophobia, hate and greed. If anyone knows for a fact how much time he may get in prison please enlighten us. Maybe the Norse folk can join the rest of the world and punish criminals accordingly. At least Muslims punish their murderers.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dante

    its so sad that these kids died this man is an animal and muarader he can burn in hell when he dies he should never get away with killing 90 kids and blowing up the prime ministers builiding

    July 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
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