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.

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[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. Rebekah

    My heart and prayers go out to all Norwegians during this horrible time. After 9/11 happened in the U.S. there were enough folks who said "you deserved it" for various reasons. Do not listen to these people. Listen only tot the many in the world share your grief at this unimaginable happening and send you thoughts of solidarity, comfort and hope for a better future.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |


    July 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Pressure the Norwaigians to make peace with this sort of people, maybe give him a little of what he wants? No one will ever understand truly untill he goes thru it!

      July 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Isaac for Jim

    This argument about atheism as cruel as religion was long ago debunked. If you refer to Stalin, Mao, and so on, these were domatic un-challeangable ideologies, in fact ad-hoc religion. So for you to better understand, I'll reformulate: all mass murderesr humanity had to put up with claimed they were the sole bearers of an unchallangeable dogmatic truth, and punished critical thinking as a crime. This cruel bloody tribe contains, as a subtribe, abrahamic dogmas.
    Long live Norway, long live secular open society, so fragile...

    July 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • 3abdulmesi7

      So you get to define Stalin and Mao as unAtheist. All right. Do I get to define Christian terrorists as unChristian?
      Didn't think so.

      The idea that God does not exist is in itself a dogma, just as the idea that there is no absolute truth is in itself an absolute truth. The reason that I respect atheists is that they actually do believe in absolute truth, and therefore aren't relativists.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |


    July 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    The type of person who perpetrates this kind of carnage on innocent humans is in no way a spiritual person! He is filled with hatred & anger! The Christians, Muslims, Jews, & agnostics I know are peace loving, considerate, wonderful humans! Let's not blame religion with a broad stroke, let's understand that extremists live in every nation within peaceful, every day life neighborhoods. This person is unbalanced & eaten up with hatred & I think we can say the same for any1 who commits such attrocities!!

    July 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. André

    If more civilians carry arms, they can stop such madness. And if the death penalty were not only active but applied more liberally it would have saved so many innocent lives.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM

      This was ONE sivillian carrying arms.. Do you REALLY think it would be better if everyone carried arms?

      July 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Asoka

    Oh now whole world crying for Norway. When bombs and suicide bombers of LTTE massacared innocent Sri Lankan citizen ,whole world were silent. All are humanbeings not animals. Norway is one of the country keeping world's deadliest gorilla terrorists, same way where India given shelter and other facilites to these terrorists

    July 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • umesh

      Well said Asoka,
      Please refer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE
      All these killings were targeting innocent civilians.
      So can norway and other countries who bottle fed LTTE can escape from the bad outcome for helping these killing.
      It is returning back to them..
      Shame on norway,shame of people like Eric solhaim who got the money from LTTE and voiced for them and justified LTTE killings.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Me

    Could you tell us what time difference made two attacks? Cause the distance between two hits is just 76 miles. I guess that the bomber lefts the bomb in Oslo and then went to execute people. Alone or not.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nwigwe solomon

    everyday the world is getting smaller and helpless about its situation, yet world leaders are adamant with realities on ground.the attack on Norway is an indication that man is really mad and lacks feelings.God is against such evil and cannot keep silent for too long.the world is on a very dangerous destination and only Jesus is capable of bringing lasting solution to these problems.let the people of Norway turn to Jesus and solution will come.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Me

    Moving on E16 and E18 highways no boat need.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ulf perlefelt

    i just want to say that i think we should kill this idiot and burn him..i am sorry but that what i think

    July 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Isaac

    Solomon, maybe your imaginary friend you call god "is against this", I'm sure also Santa Claus and the Tooth ferie is also against this, but do you know who is against it above all? The families and loved ones of those murdered all over the world by sociopaths getting re-inforcement and inspiration for their gusto for blood from their "scripture", be it bible, coran, red book of mao, you name it.
    So I feel compelled to tell all dogma-lovers: keep your dogma for yourselves, don't poison our lives with it, don't dare to presume we need your primitive myths in order to lead a decent and compassionate life. So I don't need to know in who's name you are a nice person. It suffice I alredy know in who's name innocent are killed day in, day out.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul

    The activist who took these actions has grievances that should be addressed. Meanwhile, the fascist Norwegians brand him a criminal and a terrorist, so that they can continue to oppress his kind. Unless they are willing to permit his people to get weapons and educate their children to hateNorwegians, the Norwegians will see no peace.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Soba

    Anyone who is killing unarmed people is by definition a coward and a loser.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Isaac to 3abdulmesi7

    "Atheist" is a tag invented by the believers, and I use it because it is so extended. In fact what I'm talking about is a human which does not accept dogmatic thinking, any idea or ideology who does not permit critical inquiery. Such a human can be called an "a-theist" as he can also be called an "a-Santa Claus-ist" or an "a-unicorn-ist". Saying that God doesn't exist is not a dogma, it's the same as saying Santa Claus doesn't exist, a little common sense makes one pretty sure of it, but it is open to free discussion, if you are able to convince me. Nobody is going to try to execute you for trying to advocate for it – this is the difference with religious dogma.
    Absolute truth? I thought you respected "atheists" because they are human beings, and any decent human being deserved respect – or maybe I asked to much?

    July 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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