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.

How Labour Party's paradise in Utoya 'turned to hell'

[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. 786goodman

    So sad that innocent people are killed and so many are playing the blame game. Time to pray for the dead . This time terrorist is a Christian and not a Muslim. Some thing to think about. Terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist and has no religion.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • JulieD

      Great point! The major force behind terrorism isn't religion in the least...ilt's all about fanaticsim, and brain-washing.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • reb362

      Did they mention his religion? Sounds more like he was just a sociopath. Religion may have had nothing to do with this.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
    • LP

      It's obviously political. People these days are so fanatical about their political parties. It's really the new religion, and it's every bit as brain washing as any religion has ever been. Notice the CNN commenters who freak at every story and blame it on a particular political parties, call people "teabaggers," etc. It's all just nonsense.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      LP...Yeah, right. The CNN commenters are real problematic compared to the people that comment, say, at Fox News' web site. They're never throwing out lines like "libtards" or "Osama bin Obama" or about 500 other things. Yeah, you keep believing that garbage.

      July 23, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      If you haven't noticed, these comments are not only being made on Faux's website, but CNN as well. You need to calm down there big girl.

      July 23, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Akol

      in this very CNN they say, he is a christian fundamentalist. So we should now talk about terrorism irrespective of the religion

      July 23, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. khalid

    I heard before that 99,9% of terrorist are Muslims....I said before the extremist are in everywhere even in US (Tea Party) but it seems the hate of Muslims is so strong in US that it easy to blame Muslims for everything.

    Anyway, my sympathies go to the victims,they don't deserve that.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • reb362

      I'm no fan of the Tea Party, but by calling them extremist I can tell where your bias is. I haven't had a tea party activist prevent me from going to work or yell obscenities at me, but on the other side of the political coin, the far left activists have on occasion resorted to violence. Example: Oregon anarchists, Seattle WTO.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • khalid

      sorry you seems forget the guy who shoot Gabrielle Giffords and kill other peoples, he was a fun of Sarah Palin and Tea Party and I told, this is the beginning.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Davey g

      Actually do a quick google search.. Heck even search it here on CNN. You will be shocked at the percentage of terrorism committed by Muslims. Shocked at how small it actually is !
      Terrorism knows no religion. Crazy is crazy.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Garza

      @khalid, by your rationale Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are also terrorists...I'm pretty sure no Tea Partiers have blown up buildings. What an idiotic comment...

      July 23, 2011 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      You are sadly mistaken. The Arizona shooter is insane. If anything he sympathized with the left, but even that doesn't matter. I don't blame the left for some schizophrenic's behavior. Why do you blame tea partiers? Let me clue you in on the Tea Party. We are normal every day Americans who work, raise familiies, pay taxes and don't like the continued intrusions from the government in our daily lives. You MUST wear a seatbelt. You MUST use this toilet. You MUST use only this light bulb. You MUST use this healthcare. You MUST drive this car, in THIS city, on THESE roads. We are not extreme. We do not go around shooting people, or bombing people or making people worship or give money or volunteer or do anything at all. We just want to be left alone.

      July 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Malakas

    Mental illness is everywhere.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |

    Looks like this man could either run for the nomination of the Republican wing of the war party for president in the Asylum States of Amerika or at the very least be the enforcer for the Republicans. M.O. is exactly the same. If government fails to deliver in ways in which you deem it should, then take matters into your own hands and make those you hold responsible for "degrading the society" pay the price with extreme violence.............

    July 23, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Sensible

      Your are a complete and total dou&hebag...........

      July 23, 2011 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
    • RevHellhorn

      One thing is clear, the extreme right does seem to have a magical attraction for inadequate personalities in particular and the mentally disordered in general versus any other segment of the socio-political spectrum. There's lots of room for all manner of mythology and pseudoscience and an overly simplistic world view is apparently soothing to the malfunctioning mind.

      July 23, 2011 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tom Robertson

    Moammar Gadhafi promised to take the fight to Europe if the bombing continued. The Norwegian Air Force has been the major NATO player since the decision was made to back the rebellion. Given Libya's procliverty for sponsoring terrorisom since the 1980's is it any wonder why Norway sustained these attacks?

    July 23, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • secutor

      The first thing I thought was that Gaddafi organised this. The media never once mentionned him although he swore revenge in Europe.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. vandi

    We solve these kind crimes here in America in a matter of hours... we just blame it on muslims 😀

    July 23, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
    • reb362

      Most successful mass shootings/bombings in this country were done by your typical home grown psychopath. If you live in America you know muslims have nothing on our crazies.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    He was a christian terrorist.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
    • reb362

      Could you people please tell me where you are getting his religion from? There was NO MENTION of religion is this article!

      July 23, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Willem

      The national police chief Sveinung Sponheim stated the guy is a right wing christian fundamentalist.with anti-muslim ideas.
      I have seen this statement on Dutch, German and British news.
      I watched two American news channels but it looks to me they have chosen not to broadcast that statement.
      Fundamentalist people think their truth is the only truth and they hate anyone who thinks, acts or looks different.
      Thats narrow minded and very dangerous, we have seen that in the past and we will see it in the future.
      People on fora and blogs like to point to a group, he belongs to that group so he is not "one of us", thats a comfort.
      This is about 84 kids, aged 14 to 18, who got slaughtered yesterday and some drowned while trying to escape, not about the down sides of religions and politics.

      Its sad enough, why add more 🙁

      July 23, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jimmie L. Franklin

    Freedom of speech should not be used to show disrespect toward an individual. Profanity and vulgarities should be edited out of comments. The politics of hate has released the genie of ugliness that will be hard to contain in the years ahead. Legal scholars need to revisit the law related to defamation of character–even that related to so-called political speech. In short, freedom of speech should not be easily regarded as an "absolute." In some cases, the courts have already said as much. We should now look more closely at what the founding fathers may have intended in the Bill of Rights. Jimmie

    July 23, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Jimmie...Wrong. Freedom of speech is just fine. It should not be denied simply because you do not like the content of the speech itself. The greatest test of this freedom is when people say the most vile of things, not when they say something you like to hear. There is no place to draw the line, so the answer is an easy one. Don't draw a line. If you do not like the speech, go somewhere that you don't have to listen to it or read it.

      July 23, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • jim woodward

      REALITY lad!! freedom of speech is sacrosanct. NO ONE has a right to not be offended. if you choose to be offended by something someone says, it is because of YOUR defective character.

      July 23, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
    • secutor

      Wrong, Jimmie wrong. The freedom of speech must be defended by all means. The US is the only country with absolute freedom of speech. CNN, by suppressing the Fundamental Christian motivation of the perpetrator did an act of passive censure.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rex edie

    the suppression of vulgarities and profanity..... among other outlets of expression..... is one of the primary reasons people lose control.... " sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me"..... this is an old saying ...that in today's world is a moot point.... too many people are so weak minded....they cant even stand to hear words without crying like babies...

    as for the gunman.... lets wait until we get the facts.... thought its obvious.... he had an issue about something

    July 23, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. markjuliansmith

    “No true Christain would do this. He may say he is, but I can assure to you he isn't. Thou shall not murder is a Christain commandment.”

    Reply by markjuliansmith

    Fact is with religion you cannot have St Francis the "Father of the poor" without also having St Dominic the "Hammer of the heretics."

    Jesus said he brought the 'sword' and non-adherents would be 'swept' away, Jesus also said those individuals, families, cities which rejected his apostles would be subject to devastation.

    In other words as with saying Islam is a peaceful religion for exactly the same reason as the Christian it is an utter lie. For 'grevious harm' is determined no longer as murder – it becomes justice – you are living a lie time to wake up.

    July 23, 2011 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. skeptic

    This is sickening. The right to free speech and the copy cat syndrome must be balanced. They keep broadcasting massacres like this and the mass murderers are competing to see who gets on Guinness World Record.

    July 23, 2011 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Norway

    Those are kids I very well might have known. Being a Norwegian, I find what your posting not only offending, but plain out heartless and destructive.

    July 23, 2011 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. oslo

    The mood on the streets of Oslo today is eerily quiet, people are mostly going about their business, but seem very subdued, sadened, serious. Photos from the downtown area show official buildings like parliament cordoned off, guarded by military. It's unreal.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. oslo

    The suspect has been charged with 2 acts of terrorism.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kureysa77

    I watched the news last night. I don't understand the mood of cnn news casters... Especially the woman... Her face... She keeped smiled during the announcment... Why? Did she have botox? Now I'm watching the meterologist news above he is also so happy... It is not not acceptable for me...

    July 23, 2011 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
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