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. Bosnian

    Discussions posted here yesterday and today, and unfolding of who's to blame for this horrible event is a lesson on how much we have to learn about each others.Only the mutual understanding can lead us to the peaceful world. Even the tiniest effort in that direction would show that we have so much in common and so little differences.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. the esson learned was...

    ...that not all "terrorist" attacks are made by Jihadists, even when the Jihadist "claim responsibility". And that domestic terrorists murder a lot more people than international terrorists do, and by far. If you don't control your own terrorists, why would you bother controlling theirs? Like parents who refuses to rightly discipline their their own kids, but are all over the beighbors kids for doing the same things their own kids do. All that has happened is their kids end up dead, and our kids end up being the ones that kill them.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. the lesson learned was...

    After our societies children have been killing them for too long in our opinion, we start crying to Uncle Sam to bring what's left of our children home. He's not a very good listener, so the kids stay. Children generally follow the directions of their own parents. But in this case, Uncle Sam owns them. So the kids stay.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • CarmenSo

      What the hell are you talking about? What does Uncle Sam have to do with Norway?? Its like you wrote that while drunk or something.

      July 23, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Deployed Marine

      you are a fool this terrorist attack had nothing to do with American policy. This was some religious anti-government nut.

      July 23, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @lesson learned – As a retired memeber of the military, I can tell you that your view is incredibly far off. We joined the military because we were enacting our right to stand up for our country, our family, our religion, and more (like the dress blues). We stay because our job is not finished yet, and we will come home when we're done.
      Besides all that, what does the American military have to do with a terrorist attack in Norway? Or are you just using this page to spout your anti-American views?

      July 23, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. docserveralson

    No one knows yet what the reasons were for this attack or how many were really involved. We have seen plenty of "natives" go Jihad over the last ten years and there has has always been the collaborator/traitor syndrome in every society. But this could simply be an attack on the Labour party and its policies. I notice that the camp was exclusively by and for Labour party members. Really, no one should be locked out. See what happens when you lock people out? But even without such guesses, the real test of Europe's various socialist regimes is coming, it seems. Those policies have been tormenting many in Norway and other European countries, so who knows what this is about? Regardless of what it is about, THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR MURDERING CHILDREN IN ANY CASE. Apparently, war is coming to Europe once again.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Zen

      actualy, no one is locked out, but this are the youth members of a single norwegian party, the other parties also have youth camps at the same island, but it is in different dates, next week the Socialist party were going to have their youth camp there, the youth parties from the right side also have camps.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Riza Afghan

    Now we have Christian Terrorists. 😛

    Norway is training Christian Terrorists ???

    Now US will call Norway: Christians terrorist heaven.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • abdussamad

      Never going to happen. Instead the US will call it an "internal Norwegian matter" and refuse to do anything more. Then it will give orders for more drone attacks on my country Pakistan.

      BTW the LTTE were a tamil terrorist organization operating in Sri Lanka since the 1980s. It's just that no one outside of south asia has heard of them so westerners find this sort of thing novel.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Zen

      LTTE actualy are known in norway as we have a large group of tamil refugees.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • galactic2

      I don't think the US will call Norway a Christian terrorist haven. Norway doesn't suport the terrorism, and they are a important ally and member of NATO.

      July 23, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Non-muslim

    Religion plays no role in terrorist acts like this, ideology is the culprit here. For as long man is allowed to think, ideology will be borne whether it be good or bad. Thus, the ultimate culprit here is actually mankind himself. If you do not wish the see it so broadly, then the culprit here is just the person responsible for this himself. Nothing to do with religion, nothing to to with political affiliation. So people please just stop pointing fingers, which sadly is the first thing you do when tragedy like this happens.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • abdussamad

      So when its a non-Muslim its got nothing to do with religion? Such hypocrisy. I call this guy a Christian terrorist and so should you.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @abdussamad – I think what Non-Muslim is trying to get across is that it's generally small groups or single people acting out when these type of attacks take place, and often not based on their religion as a whole but on their own personal ideals that don't coincide. Just because he claims to be a Christian and does an act of terrorism doesn't mean all Christians are terrorist, just like not all Muslims are terrorists. Do you see the point?

      July 23, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Non-muslim

      I will no say that it is the fault of religion when terrorist acts happen but instead the individual himself. Christians all over the world will not support these acts of terror if the terrorist is a Christian, just like Muslims all over the world will not support acts of terror if the terrorist is a Muslim. The fault lies in how skewed their view is of their respective religion. Muslims all over the world condemn the terrorist acts of 9/11, just as well as Christians all over the world condemn this terrorist act that hit Oslo. So how can people say Islam is violent religion, or Christianity is a violent religion, just because these acts of terror is done by people who happens to be Muslims or Christians? That is what I'm trying to point out. Religion at its core is for the betterment of mankind, to have mankind be humble and be accountable. However there are those who misused religion mixed with their personal ideology or interpretation, and that does not reflect the true image of a religion, be it Islam or Christianity.

      July 24, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Non-muslim

      @Ryan in Michigan

      Yes, that is exactly what I'm trying to point out

      July 24, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jay

    jihad? who mentioned jihad?!? norwegian police is calling the guy a "christian fundamentalist". not that we didn't know already (IRA, ETA, N17) that wackos can come from any religion...

    July 23, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • miguel

      It´s a Christian jihad

      July 23, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Evil evil man. I hope he dies.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @Cesar – Probably not. I'm not 100% sure, but I think Norway, like most Western European countries, has abolished the death penalty.

      July 23, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
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    July 23, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. SilverHair

    Reminds me of a few evangelicals on TV and radio.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Maxim Chepelev

    i never learned anything from this

    i never got the grasp as to at what point you have to get to think that by killing other people is a good thing

    please dont get me wrong for the horrible things he had done, i do not hate the man

    and i cannot imagine what the victims had been through yet my thoughts and sympathy are definitely with them ..

    it is people who know what really happed and what his motives were who post on this forum i have the most difficulty to grasp.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Fredrikz

    This is ONE mad man, to call him a christian terrorist is pure stupidity. The fact that he is blonde and capable of doing more than an army of muslim terrorists, doesent make him a christian. To be a christian means to accept Jesus as your Lord and saviour becaue you have gotten to know Him. If you know him, you will become incapable of violence.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • hairs

      We Muslims also do have our definition about Islam. But using terrorism as a pretext, we have been continuously abused and insulted as terrorists. Now we are not ready to hear your definition of Christianity. That person is indeed a Christian terrorist only and he got his inspiration to commit this crime by reading your Bible only. Period

      July 23, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. sun tzu

    looking at these pictures makes me sad. AL-QAEDA – JUST LEAVE US ALONE!!

    July 23, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Notislam

    All religion is stupid. Violent people are criminals. islam is an ideology that promotes stupidity and violence. islam is vile and must be opposed (peacefully) wherever it festers. All moslems need to find a better path for themselves. islam doesn't even pass the religion test. If ex-moslems need religion, perhaps they should get a dog. islam is vile.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • zafar baig

      study islam throughly and comment .

      July 23, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @Notislam – If all religions are stupid, then yours is too. Just pointing out the obvious.

      July 23, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tom Hunt

    Damn, I didnt realise folks were studying Islam in Norway.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
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