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. Ameet Singh

    Very unfortunate incident to happen to Peace loving people of Norway, even our Country India..is a peace loving multicultural nation..at this hour of crisis myself and my fellow country men stand with the people of Norway and pray for the departed souls, who lost their lives in the blast and shooting..Peace to Norway.

    July 23, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frustratu

    One lone shooter had time to shoot and kill 84 people?! It must have taken him hours! Where were the police?! It was a meeting packing hundreds of teenagers and there was NOT A SINGLE ARMED POLICE OFFICER around?!

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

      Frustratu. It was an island not to think about the chaos which was around. 85 is easy to do when no one can swim or run but only try to hide.

      July 23, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Norwegian

      Norwegian police don't actually carry arms, belive it or not. So, even if there were police on the Island, they wouldnt have been armed. And no one could have expected something like this to happen anyway, this was a peaceful gathering of friends.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • patti28

      A lot of kids drowned trying to escape as water very cold. He is alleged to have shot at them in the water with automatic weapons.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Motty

    Can anyone explain to me, how 700 persons could not pin down this lone shooter? It's time to start orgenizing boot camps instead of political camps.

    July 23, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      Well Motty, perhaps you watched too much Hollywood movies? Will you rush towards some lunatic who is spraying bullets like there's no tomorrow? Think before you comment, this ain't no Die Hard phantasy movie or video game. They are just unsuspecting teenagers, not bulletproof comic heroes.

      July 23, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Motty

      Sorry Common Sence, but you're not using yours. More than 80 killed, one gunman, limited ammo in his mags and many adults in the camp... Wrong thinking man!

      July 23, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      This lunatic come well prepared, limited mags? He killed over 80 people, I don't think he killed each one of those innocent people with a precise bullet for each of them. You firearms lover always like to argue (or more precisely hallucinate) how the scenario would have play out if some one would have had/use a gun to stop the incident. Yet you people never think from the other way around had the wrong-doers never have access to the gun in the first place. Unrealistic you may think, but for other firearms-free country, their people is enjoying their peace of mind, which seems impossible or improbable for you, ever wonder why? Cause you're trying to stop gun related tragedy by advocating more guns should be made available. What kind of logic is that?

      July 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Motty

      Ever heard of the "Balance of terror"? You'll never stop lunatics from arming themselves, so I'd ruther arm the same amount of sane folks to balance the equation.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      I feel sorry for you cause you seem to live in a world where lunatic made up half your population, as implied by your funny equation logic. Perhaps the Nobel Prize committee should consider you as the next candidate for coming out with such brilliant idea.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Motty

      @ common sence
      You should consider changing your nickname as there is all but none of it in your educated comments. Did it ever come to your peace loving mind, that lunatics have no need to match in numbers to the others, as the demage they produce equals them?

      And by the way; I did not say he had a limited number of mags, it was a limited amount of ammo in his mags, which means he had to change them from time to time. 700 against one man with an empty gun and two occupied hands. Well, if this was'nt a chance...

      July 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jafar

    It took only one white christian man to do what al-qaida have failed to do in the past 10 years....
    who is the biggest threat?

    right wing parties tries to make islam the nr 1 threat, but they are wrong,, they themselves are the biggest threat..

    July 23, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Motty

      Jafar, did you ever hear anything about statistics?

      July 23, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @Jafar – Here in the United States, we have enough trouble with our own Atheist terrorist who target younger people with shootings at schools like Columbine High and Virginia Tech. They're no different from the terrorist anywhere else in the world; they rally around ideals of their own, small splinter groups rather than the teachings as a whole.

      July 23, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Dia

      Wites have theyr own terorists and they are not called Christians as they have nothig to do with the religion.
      And yes, Islamist extremists are the biggest threat not only for white christians but for all the millions of decent Islamists in the world, who mostly keep quiet and cover them under their rugs.
      If only everyone will clean their own backyard will be a better world.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Dia

      Stop deleteng my posts!!!
      Wites have theyr own terorists and they are not called Christians as they have nothig to do with the religion.
      And yes, Islamist extremists are the biggest threat not only for white christians but for all the millions of decent Islamists in the world, who mostly keep quiet and cover them under their rugs.
      If only everyone will clean their own backyard will be a better world.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dia


      July 23, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • AK

      Really Jafar – heard of Mumbai? Or Madrid? Or London?

      July 23, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. s kel

    both are threats. both needs to be eleminated.

    July 23, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. abdul

    to frtustratu- they were all whites, christians, blonds, why do they need police,,,no evil comes from white christian european...norwegians would rather send their troops to kill afhanies than protecting their own people in their own land where they belong

    July 23, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Motty

      By killing the right Afganis, the Norwegian protect their and many other countries.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bo0o0o

    ...So now I'm supposed to be scared of white people??...

    July 23, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Dia

      Unfortunetely crazyness doesn't have color 🙁

      July 23, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Maggie

    Yes.....the Labour party will continue their awesome policy of naivete which they call love. While pedophiles, rapists and terrorists live unbothered and free on the streets of Oslo. The maximum punishment for this guy is 21 years according to Norway's law. Norwegian jails are like a 4 star hotels. He might be released after 15 for good behavior. This is the policy of love and tolerance that the Labour party has. They are so naive and so blind that it drives me crazy.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Zen

      Maximum penalty is 21, but what you might not know is that now we have something called contaiment or forvaring in norwegian, this means that after the 21 years are served the criminal will be observed and evaluated and they might give him another 21 years and this can go on until he dies, this guy will never get out of norwegian jail, and if he does he will get killed, they can not put him in regular prison cos he will get killed there aswell, he will be put in a special prison with child molesters and rapists, and yes i am very ashamed to say that norwegian prisons are like 4 stars hotels compared to other places in the world, but we also have to bear in mind that this guy killed alot of friends of the ruling party and they also have to deal with the fact that 5 million people want to see him dead, the last time a person in his case a traitor to norway during the second world war, was put to justice he were shot, now we will never see the death penalty in Norway, but he will never be free again.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Common Sense

    This is why firearms must be banned from civilians. How many massacre have you seen from nations that ban firearms? Gun lovers can keep on hallucinating that guns will protect them or their family, or perhaps they are just kidding themselves cause they like to play bang-bang and pretends to be a wild west gun slinger? The fact is all weapons including gun were created to kill, not to protect. A lunatic or criminal with a knife can do limited harm, but when equipped with a gun.... well no prize for guessing correctly if one follows news reports. Even the bom he planted did not cause as much fatality.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Dia

      Crazzy people doesn't folloow rules. The law won't stop their plns.
      And looks like non-crazzy ones need some weapons to defend themselves too 🙁

      July 23, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @Common Sense – We've banned drugs, but people still get high and we've still got drug dealers. Theft is illegal, but people still steal. Murder is against the law, but we still have killers. Banning firearms will only make the problem worse, as the civilians will no longer have the means to protect themselves from the criminals trying to steal from them or kill them. Just think, it would've taken one good shot from someone in the crowd with a firearm, and most of those lives could've been saved. If everyone is running away from the bullets, it makes the shooter a wide open target. One shot, one kill.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      to Dia,
      If you look at most eastern nations which ban firearms, their citizens have least reasons to obtain firearms to protect themselves and they are also less likely to be killed or worst massacred like the news you're reading here, have you ever wonder why? A gun can not protect you even if you carry your gun 24-7, whilst a criminal or lunatic can just easily put a bullet in your head out of nowhere. If not for the loose firearms laws, you wouldn't have to worry about getting shot at the first place. Think about it. A robber is much likely to kill you cause it only take a split second for him to decide to pull the trigger, but for a robber to actually kill you with knife, he would really have to had temporarily lost his sanity to continuously stab you multiple times without any remorse to cause the fatality.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      How many murders or massacre have you read about being foiled because the victims have guns to protect themselves compared to the countless gun-murder cases occurring daily? The problem with many liberal society is that the proliferation of firearms is out of control. Perhaps you should google around for the fatality statistic of other non-firearms friendly countries. Do you think this lunatic could have kill so many people had he only armed with any othe weapons than a firearm? After so many college shout-out and people like you still can not think sensibly? Sure crime would not halt just because we outlaw it, but outlawing firearms and confiscating all existing firearms from civilians would be a great start to rectify the mistake done decades long which resulted in the proliferation of firearms.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Blah

    Modern weapons can fire hundreds or even thousands of rounds a minute. If he was armed correctly in a populated area, he could easily have killed as many or more people than he did. One Russian *personally* killed over a thousand Germans at the battle of Stalingrad.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. sam

    Would someone please explain to me why this is not called a terrorist attack and why the person who did it is not called a terrorist?

    July 23, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      What's more to say? Just another obvious double standards practice by a hypocratic society.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Zen

      it is described as a terror attack on the news in norway and by our politicians.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Co

      In Norway he is still called a terrorist, he is officially charged for planning and executing two terror attacks. But for some reason American media is not reporting this as a terror…

      July 23, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Nadia

      I so agree with you. If this guy was a muslim it would have been called a terror attack by a terrorist.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bjorn bin Laden

    Eat crow all you folks, including President Obama, who just naturally thought that "The Terrorists" did it. And what of that phony Jihadist group that claimed responsibility? Most of you believed them! Amazing. But at least now you all can see how easy it would be for a well-financed "terror group" to stroll across our southern "border" and make "Oslo" out of any-city USA.

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

    Sam, Terrorists love Norway, so terrorist wil not attack Norway for any reason.

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


    July 23, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    What I wish to know is what motivated this man in the first place. I guess that we'll eventually find that out. In the meantime, at these right-wing nutjobs are going cry "terrorists", "terrorists" and try to pin this on Al Qaeda too in order to find another excuse to keep this country at war!!!

    July 23, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
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