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.

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"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.

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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. Philip

    Islamic "terrorists" aren't the ones shotting one of you every 17 minutes. Nor are they the ones raypeing you thousands and thousands of times per year. They are NOT the ones responsible for the 2,100 children who go missing each day. Nice try though. (blame Jihadists for what we do more of ourselves) Wait. Let me guess. Those dead-bolts on your door and "make my day" laws are for keeping "the terrorists" out. You know who your true enemies are, so stop pretending it's all "al-quida".

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

    How does one get and transport 6 tons of fertilizer without someone noticing?

    July 23, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • patti28

      He recently bought a fruit farm. As a farmer it wouldn't seem odd

      July 23, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. AK

    In the 70's and 80's it was radical leftists robbing banks and armored cars, and planting bombs. Then came radical Islamists doing what they did. At the same time crazed right wing extremists pull;ed the same stunts. The key common factor is, like, crazed and radical.

    Those who would dance in blood for political gain are as sickening as they are inevitable. Throw all the Jews and Communists in jail! Ban all guns and send their owners to re-education camps! Deport at the least or preferably shoot anyone who looks remotely mid-Eastern. They're out in force on every message board you can find today.

    The rest of us who would like to worship Jesus or Muhammad in peace, plink a few rounds at the range, or stroll the streets peacefully without bothering anyone else would like to come out of hiding.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I'm sure AK47 was named after you, you axis of peace!!!

      July 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • FN

      Nobody worships Muhammad, he's just the messenger, not God himself. Just clarifying.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. abdul

    to Hannah
    i don't know if you read your bible, jesus saying , ".......BUT THOSE MINE ENEMIES, who would not that i would reign, bring here and SLAY THEM BEFORE ME" Luke 19: 12,14,15,27.

    you need reas your bible with open heart AND mind

    July 23, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Motty

      Bible and Koran, both call for slaying the unbelievers, but who is practicing the content Abdul?

      July 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO )

    Person(s) with serious psychological issues, that prey on the innocent. People like that have NO connection to Go_, regardless of the political or religious affiliation they think they are and tell everyone they are. They have no compassion for human life, to commit acts as heinous as this.
    As far as I'm concerned, individuals and groups that do this are far removed from society, hidden in the shadows, lying in wait.
    Seems like Norway could use some help, if not, some good advice in protecting the innocent from being infiltrated.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. abdul

    to Hannah
    i don't know if you read your bible, jesus saying , ".......BUT THOSE MINE ENEMIES, who would not that i would reign, bring here and SLAY THEM BEFORE ME" Luke 19: 12,14,15,27.

    you need to read your bible with open heart AND mind, and don't tell me i am taking this passage out of context,,or jesus was just making a parable of a king...He IS that king

    July 23, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • 3abdulmesi7

      Christianity has a militant, radical, wild-eyed prophet aspect. That is true. We have to fight against falsehood, fight against sin within ourselves, and fight to make the world a better place. It is uncompromising.

      HOWEVER, people who think that Christianity is supposed to destroy rather than build are apostates. Period. We cannot compromise on this. Not everyone who fights is evil; people who join the military may be motivated by love for country and family. But these heretics who pervert the meaning of scripture to their own evil ends really worship Satan, and eternal hellfire awaits them.

      Grace builds on nature; grace does not destroy nature. To hold that grace destroys nature is Gnosticism.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • andersenne

      Yes, Jesus is the King. Yes, this is a parable. But the point of the parable is the day of judgment when all will be gathered before Jesus. It teaches that lack of faith in Jesus makes one an an enemy of Jesus. It does not point to any person carrying out that judgment before Jesus second coming..

      July 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Isaac

    If this species had a minimum of self respect and common sense, all ideologies justifying killing of fellow humans for their ideas or ways of life – as fundamentalist of all religions do, should be immediately declared illegal as anti-human by the UN. And that includes, of course, salafist/wahabi/jihadist islam, fundamentalist christians, and so on. Enough of suporting all these stone-age minds armed with the latest weppons. Or else, we all face extiction. Long live Norway, long live open secular society.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • 3abdulmesi7

      The sort of Christianity that advocates putting the largest hole possible in the world is really Satanism in a seductive form. If they were really 'fundamentalist' or 'ultra-conservative' they would listen to the authority that God has appointed in order that the Gospel may be properly interpreted.

      Abdul is what happens when scripture is interpreted outside of the divinely established authority, or worse, when we think that it's okay for people to believe whatever they want.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 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? Would this be a reasonable explanation: not to confuse people with the main agenda (media and government)

    July 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO )

      It really seems almost impossibe to concieve, that "only one person", is out "trying to commit genocide".

      July 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sammi

    This is ancesterial homeland, I still have many family members there and I too am in shock....I do not know why this was done, we can get no answere from family members...AND you who have never been there, never even met a Norweigen in person shame on you...Why can you not show some sympathy for them as THEY did for us on9/11?

    July 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dinan

    I was reading about this yesterday and all I saw is bad stuff about Muslims and Islam but look it's one of your terrorist just like they have been around for thousands of years. So all the people with the comments yesterday need to say you are sorry to at least one Muslim today.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Motty

      The terrorist act of one white person, does not justify saying sorry to even one muslim, whos religion brothers are responsible for thousands of terror acts around the world.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @common sense...look around for what other countries? There are only two countries on planet earth where owning a handgun is considered a right. One of them is the USA, the other is Yemen. Both peace-loving countries have the safest streets in the world thanks to their handguns I hear.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      Well, if you like living in constant fear of being the next firearm victim, so be it. Perhaps you should have your ears checked, "safest countries" because of legalized firearms.... stop living under a well, the world is not made up of just USA and your allies countries. I felt pity for you.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Isaac for dinan

    No, it's not "one of our terrorist", it's like one of YOURS, dinan. This stone age religious character killed unarmed innocents he made believe he was a decent human being, just as the jihadist killed millions of unarmed passers almost EVERY DAY all over the muslim world. No, it's YOURS, you can keep it.
    Long live Norway and open secular society.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Christian

    True Christians "beat their swords into plowshears". They don't manufacture weapons for profit nor do they use a legal-loophole so as to murder the man trying to steal their TV. "Those who live by the sword shall persih by the sword" is the bibles warning, yet people calling themselves "christians" arm themselves. That .38 pee-shooter can't match Christ's sword. So melt it down and make something useful out of it, like a shovel or something.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO )

    So training a 5 year old to carry and use a 9 mm, is the best advice to Norway?

    July 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      Well, that would be the utopia for firearm lovers. I guess they still loves their good old days of cowboy gun slinging wild west.... go figure?

      July 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MHM

    Its funny how craig misspelled oslo in "the Olso bombing"

    July 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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