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. Atheist_Norwegian

    Another christian nutcase. From the extreme right movement.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tom Hunt

    And Hey ABDASSAMAD, YOUR country needs something stronger dropped on it than a little ol' drone.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Duke Of Anke

    For those of you in the States who say that he was not a Christan, he himself stated it on his facebook page yesterday. Where is the equality, a Muslim Fundamentalist is but a terrorist, but a Christian Fundamentalist, who ACTUALLY causes targets kids is not.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Hannah

      Let me be the first to say as a christian woman that this is NOT biblical, it is not right. It is man being evil. Pure and evil. Jesus said to bless those who curse you and pray for those who dispitefully use you. No where did He ever say kill people who dont agree with you. Anyway, its absolutely horrible!

      July 23, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      @Hannah : The Bible is just about as violent as the Quran. Get your head out of your a– and face the reality.
      Your comment actually proves Duke Of Anke's point. It shows that if a Christian is a mass murderer, barely any Christians accept the fact that he's Christian. But if he were Muslim, you'd be ranting about how Islam is a horrible, violent religion.

      July 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • elizabeth

      @Hannah; you could argue that a muslim that practices sharia law isn't really a muslim. but yet hardly anyone ever does. just face it, your religion is as bad as the rest of them.

      July 23, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Duke Of Anke

    For those of you in the States who say that he was not a Christian, he himself stated it on his facebook page yesterday. Where is the equality, a Muslim Fundamentalist is but a terrorist, but a Christian Fundamentalist, who ACTUALLY causes targets kids is not.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Laxmikant Dharamsi

    very much sad to see photograps and read about the bomb explosion. i am Indian and peace loving nation.my sympathy with families who have suffered..your country is also peace loving nation.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Duke Of Anke

    i love the difference between USA and the way President Bush handled things compared to the Norway and it Prime Minster handles it. Defiance,democracy and love more important than revenge. I applaud those who went to rescue these brave children in boats, where are Christian Fundamentalist condemning this and the islamaphobia that was given as a reason by the Christian terrorist for this attack

    July 23, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • markii

      I do not believe he has given any reason for the attack yet. However, his previous internet postings show some typical right-wing extremist views. He's just another nut-case megalomaniac, calling himself "Director" in a one-man company... His actions prove him to be a psycopath.

      July 23, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Anonymous

    Guys just google :
    EXPOSED: Illuminati – Freemasons Secret Society Behind Norway Bombing and Shooting as media is also own by them...

    July 23, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • KMac

      But put your tin foil hat on first of course

      July 23, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. David Lomax

    CNN reported that he was upset that Muslim teens were "harrassing" Christian teens, so his solution was to kill 90 of the Christian teens to protect them?

    July 23, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @David Lomax – I agree, it makes no sense whatsoever; it's like our military in Afghanistan attacking itself rather than the insurgents.
      One minor note – if you read the article, he wasn't just upset about the Muslims harrassing Christians, but about them harrassing anyone who wasn't Muslims, which would include Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists, and others. Still, it's no reason to go attacking people, and much less a reason to attack your own.

      July 23, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • elizabeth

      I imagine his reasoning was something like that it was the labor partys fault for "allowing" Muslims to live in Norway or for being muslim sympathizers. either way, mad men don't make a lot of logical sense.

      July 23, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Tommy Backstrom

      Christianity vs Islam has nothing to do with this attack. It is purely an ideological, political nutcase. As if claiming an indian terrorist attack is an attack on vegetarians. Irrelevant. Stop throwing fuel on the racism fire.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jack Candle

    You will find that this guy has a history with prescription meds. Fits the m.o.perfectly.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Prof. Dr. Abdel-Naser

      I agree with you. It is a known side effect of several antidepressant drugs (homicide). It is luckly a rare side effect but is a devastating one.

      July 23, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. DerpDiggler

    "Official sources and social media indicate that Breivik might be a right-wing Christian fundamentalist"

    Oh well 'that' explains everything. Leave it to those Christians to make their statement on everyone else, no matter the cost. Typical.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @DerpDiggler – Is your statement meant to be sarcastic, or hateful? Just curious.

      July 23, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    hey brian macker i say hunt and destroy all right wing tea party types. including those racist bigot vermin that call anything they dont like or understand " socialist". you here me you tea bag trash. this is what a cowardly sick mind right wing mind does. kills a lot of innocent people and tries to blame someone else. punks and cowards.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ahmad

    Thanx god it's not us the muslims this time!!! we want the world to see that terrorism is not an islamic signature.
    it seems in the last 10 years every act of evil around the globe has been attributed to ISLAM!! but one day all the conspiracies will uncover.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. R.Parthasarathy

    As one who had been in Oslo, I was shocked to hear of the tragedy.The Scandinavian countries were models of governance and it really needs much thinking to analyse the events of the modern times. I felt as if the Oslo happened at home in my India. I can understand the horror. My prayers.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. ay

    i am deeply sorry for the dead and their families but norway needs to think a little bit. they pretend to be peaceful and stuff but they also sell billion dollars of weapons and encourage terrorism in the east. if you touch terrorism it touches you too.. and dont forget. terrorism DOES NOT have a RELIGION unlike it is trying to be shown in the media

    July 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. RobertNL

    Funny to see christians resort to 'he's not a christian, christianity is about love and peace'. Sounds familiar?
    The hypocrisy is disgusting and laughable at the same time.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • markii

      Actually, Norwegians is automatically registered in the Church of Norway at baptism. Currently 79.2% of citizens is members. Reference here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Norway
      Until he has expressed a motive it's incorrect to label him a "Christian fundamentalist". Also his choice of targets does not support that. Anyway, *any* form of violence and fundamentalism is wrong.

      July 23, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • RobertNL

      @ markii http://mg.co.za/uploads/2011/07/23/andersbehringbreivikfacebook.pdf

      July 23, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • markii

      Thanks RobertNL. I'm not a christian myself, but still do disagree in the "Christian Fundamentalist" label used by the media. He's just another derailed nut-case.

      Most religions, christianity, islam and others have good humane core values, unless used by megalomaniacs to achieve political goals. That is the form of extremification is what we have to be wary of.

      July 23, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Tommy Backstrom

      Off course he is christian. Virtually all norwegians are "officially" christian. But where is the relevance. He hated the labour party. That's it. Dont push the ridiculous racism button.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
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