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.

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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. tswinburn

    Blaming ANY group on this act of terrorism is stupid to the nth degree. This insanity was carried out by ONE man. Calling each other names is about as useless as teats on a boar hog. It accomplishes NOTHING except growing hatred. We ALL have a right to be angry, but how about blaming the INDIVIDUAL responsible??? He represents NO group. Conservatives are as outraged as liberals. And vice versa. How about some compassion for the victims, & the Norwegian people?

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

      How about blaming the evil western terrorist leaders for what they are doing to the innocent people in Libya. Funny how their life is not worthy of media comment nor that of the evil desperados of the western world who are like vultures today.

      July 23, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      At this point there is no evidence whether he was in a group or not. He could have just snapped and did it all himself, he could have did it to please a certain terrorist group, or he could just be delusional and did it for a group in which he was not really part of.

      In any case would it make this any less tragic? No.

      July 23, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian Macker

      You mean those evil socialists like Obama and the democratic socialist leaders of the European countries that are behind the Libyan attacks?

      July 23, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill Clay

    Well, all the people who rushed to blame Islamic terrorists will now have to eat crow. The man in custody is a Norwegian national described as a right wing fanatic who posted online rants against Muslims.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      Turn on the news and you'll find plenty of REAL BAD things to put on the muslim terrorists!!

      July 23, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lily

    You are an animal!

    July 23, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mac

    Norway has done so much for peace around the world. Its tears me to see so many good and honest citizens of Norway going thru this awesome heartbreaking tragedy. Praying for all the families who lost someone precious, I am with all Norwegians in their hour of need.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Obamalito, 3:17 AM:
    You go man!
    Keep up the good work.
    (Get it? W-O-R-K.)

    July 23, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. warningsignsmissed

    shocking video surfaces: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR4EnsPqq5M

    July 23, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. warningsignsmissed

    Norway struck by 2 deadly TERROR ATTACKS 2011 Twitter video before authorities arrived (new)

    July 23, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Anne Mari

      The police near by Ulvøya has just arrested another young man. VG – norwegian newspaper repport that people who was on Utøya under the attack, belive that there are more than one terrorist.

      July 23, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bob Manning

    Christian terrorist, well now which of the many Christian terrorist groups do you suppose he belongs to? lol Why do some people try so hard to prove Christian terrorism? If you actually found and proved it, would it somehow negate all the known Non-Christian terrorism, carried out by all the known Non-Christion terrorist groups? Hell, most of the time they claim responsibility for their acts. Terrorism serves little purpose in their eyes, unless people know who to be terrified of! Come on people, you can wish for Christian terrorism all you want, but in reality it just does not exist.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • John Doe

      Christian terroroism? It's called the Crusades and it happened a long time ago.

      July 23, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • gyvonnealdred

      How many christian terrorists are there in America, millions by the sound of the posts today

      July 23, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. warningsignsmissed

    dual terror attacks in Norway... controversial video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrTio84bVu4

    July 23, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. warningsignsmissed

    Twitter Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrTio84bVu4

    July 23, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. gyvonnealdred

    Oh well while I feel sad for the innocent victims and their families, I also feel sad for the innocent victims who Norway did not hesitate to murder and kill in Libya as this was an unprovoked attack on Libya, I guess it is a case of what goes round comes round, maybe there is more to come for the evil Western Terrorists and theirs leaders who did this to Libya. Funny how it was one of your own who did it

    July 23, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Katie

    Not all Fundamentalists are Terrorists, but all Terrorists are Fundamentalists of some kind. All religions have them, Christianity is certainly no exception and Jesus (with his messages of love, tolerance, and forgiveness) would have been appalled. Violence only begets violence. My heart and prayers go out to Norway.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace!

      Yes you are right. We simply can not blame religion for such acts and it is about time that people stop blaming Islam and understand the larger picture of global politics where after every 20 years the superpowers of the world create a BAD GUY story to alter the public perception and hence spend their taxes on individual or group motives. Jesus (Peace be Upon Him) is regarded as one of the mightiest Messengers of God by Muslims and all other Prophets including Adam, Noah, David, Moses are equally respected by Muslims (May Peace be upon them All). My advice to people is to take time out and study Islam from the original source (Quran) and find out how beautiful and practical this Religion is.


      July 23, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Peace!

    We must condemn all acts of terrorism. Be it an individual, group or even state terrorism. This is a sad and tragic incident indeed. My heart goes out to the familes who lost their loved ones. I must also say that it was also sad to see comments by readers on cnn where people immediately pointed finger at Muslims and even going to the extent of stating that all Muslims should be wiped out. I am amazed how can CNN allow such comments to go public??? Our jewish friends were not far behind when they took the opportunity to add fuel to fire with their hate comments. The world as a whole needs to go back to basics of human and social development rather than investing hundreds of billions in wars that have no solid grounds and are based on assumptions rather than pure facts. Since 9/11 more than 3 million Muslims have lost their lives and the number keeps on growing. Even if its not tomorrow or a year after or even 10 for that matter... there will eventually come a time when people who want World Peace will sit together and realise how they were played like puppets by a handful of people who lied from start till end to fill their pockets while the people remained unemployed and hungry. Let the world come together in Peace. Live and let live. Make an effort to study and understand other cultures with honour and respect.


    July 23, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tad Pole

    I'm taking this as a lesson to not judge too quickly. Oddly I noticed that many among my peer group were *relieved* to find out it was a Christain, and not a muslim that carried out this horrible act. I wonder why that is?

    July 23, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. tony

    Maybe the US should invade Norway. "Terrorism is totally unacceptable and any country that harbours terrorists should be dealt with severely." Oh, by the way, I believe Norway is still Christian so take back all that antiIslamic crap. lol

    July 23, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
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