Dual attacks in Norway
July 26th, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Norway terror attacks: The latest developments

At least 76 people died in Norway in a terror attack July 22 that started with a bomb blast in the capital Oslo and continued with an hour-long gun rampage at a camp for Labour Party teens and young adults on nearby Utoya Island. Police arrested a lone gunman, Anders Breivik, 32.

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[Updated at 12:42 p.m.] Here are the latest developments.


- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited the Norwegian ambassador's residence in Washington Tuesday to "offer condolences to the people of Norway after the tragic killings that occurred last week," according to a White House statement.

- Police in Norway have released the first four names of victims of Friday's terror attacks. Three of the four identified died in an explosion outside government offices in Oslo. The fourth, named as 23-year-old Gunnar Linaker, died on Utoya island, scene of a mass shooting at a youth political camp.

- There are other countries involved in a Norwegian investigation into last week's terror attacks, police said in response to a question about suspect Anders Breivik's claim to have been in contact with terror cells abroad. Police declined to name the other countries, saying "the investigation is in Norway."

- Police investigating a terror attack in Norway last week will examine video footage and study the blast effects to determine where a bomb was placed, they said Tuesday.

- Police in Norway have 15 forensic scientists combing Utoya island for clues following a mass shooting there last week, they said Tuesday.

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- Police in Norway declined Tuesday to say how many people are missing after a bombing and mass shooting that killed 76 people last week. They have said in the past that they were searching for four or five people.

- Police in Norway declined to say Tuesday where the suspect in last week's bombing and mass shooting is being held.  At least 76 people were killed in the attacks.

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- Police in Norway will release a partial list of the names of victims of Friday's terror attacks online Tuesday at 6 p.m., they said. They will post an update at 6 p.m. every day until all the victims have been identified, they added.

- Police in Norway have armed undercover officers on patrol, they said Tuesday, in the wake of last week's terror attack that left 76 people dead.

- Anders Breivik was "a little bit surprised" that his attacks succeeded, his lawyer Geir Lippestad says Tuesday, adding that Breivik had not expected to get to Utoya Island.

- The suspect was on drugs to make him stronger and more awake during the attacks, Lippestad says.

He says Breivik "may be" insane, but that it is too early to say if he will mount an insanity defense.

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- Anders Breivik, 32, appeared in closed court Monday. Judge Kim Heger later says Breivik admits carrying out the attacks but claims they were necessary to prevent the "colonization" of the country by Muslims.

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Breivik says the deaths are the price the Labour Party had to pay for its "treason," the judge says.

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- Judge Heger orders Breivik held in custody for eight weeks, until his next court date. The first four weeks are to be in solitary confinement to prevent the possibility of tampering with evidence, the judge says.

- The suspect's father, Jens Breivik, tells Norway's TV2 that his son must have mental problems.

"In my darkest moments, I think that rather than killing all those people, he should have taken his own life," the father says, answering a reporter's question about mental illness by saying: "There is no other way to explain it. A normal person would never do such a thing."

- Police announce Monday that the number of confirmed dead in the bombing is eight, an increase of one from previous reports. The number of dead on Utoya is 68, down from earlier reports as high as 86. That makes the confirmed death toll 76, down from earlier reports of 93.

- Police say they are investigating Breivik claims that two other terror cells assisted him in the attack. They do not confirm the existence of the cells.

- Breivik is charged with two acts of terrorism, police spokesman Henning Holtaas says. The maximum sentence is 21 years in prison, with the possibility of an extension at the end of the term if the court rules Breivik is still a threat. Norway does not execute people.

- A 1,518-page manifesto bearing Breivik's name circulates online, containing rants about the rising number of Muslims in Europe, describing detailed plans for getting weapons, explosives and fake uniforms, and saying how to avoid detection by police while preparing the attack.

- Almost 200,000 people participate in a memorial Monday in downtown Oslo to honor the victims, authorities say.

- Ringerike hospital chief surgeon Colin Poole says he has never seen gunshot wounds like those of the victims from the island, and speculates the injuries were caused by expanding or "dum-dum" bullets, a hospital spokesman says. Police decline to comment on the type of bullets the gunman used.

soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Sam

    Strange how we all focus on the terrorist's ideas and reasonings and forget the victims and their families' suffering. Strange how we are trying to blame others, Muslims, for the terrorist act of one of ours. Strange how we try consider ourselves angels as if our societies are not full of criminals and evil individuals and groups.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • musings

      Unfortunately, that seems to be the way with most murders – it is the bravado of the killer, the trial or gallows speech, which the crowd pays attention to. The young hopeful Norwegians, innocent teenagers slaughtered on the island – who describes their hopes and dreams, their lives before this horror? No, it is the madman everyone is paying attention to.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Well this Christian terrorist who first claimed to have acted alone now says that he had help from terror cells. Now that is intriguing. Let us see who & where these cells are.
    He also pleads not guilty to any wrong doing as he was " protecting Europe from colonization by Muslims".

    That folks is really is some plea. Because that is the exact same cause which those we call islamic terrorists propagate. To stop us Americans & Europeans from colonizing their lands. And to think that our miilitary boots & bases are indeed on those lands.

    So if this Christian terrorist can get away with a plea like this, how do we get on with killing those islamic terrorists? Remember they are also killing muslims for siding with us

    July 26, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • whiteram

      He's not a Christian terrorist. There's been no evidence whatsoever that he is even affiliated with a church much less performed his acts in the name of Christianity as Muslim terrorists did with Islam.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Miguel

      Again – this animal should be executed the same we we would execute an Islamic terrorist who kills innocents.
      Unfortunately for the world, Norway law will allow this animal to live, but he has amassed so many enemies at this point that I would not bet on him having a long life either in prison or 5 minutes after he gets out.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • cj

      He is a christian terrorist, trying to ignite the war of religion. Send in seals, kill him and dump him in the sea. He do'nt deserve to live in prison.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      He is not Christian and did not commit the crimes in the name of Jesus. Christians don't promise reward for martyrdom when you commit murder. Its in the Bible not to Kill so get over it and stop trying to claim this as a Christian crime when it was a hate crime. Shame on CNN and the New York Times for labeling it that way.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Markus

      It is clear that he did see himself as a Christian warrior, he calls himself a Christian martyr, a Knights Templar, a defender of Christian values. He went to church beforehand. He used a lot of Crusader imagery.

      But one can still argue he was not foremost a Christian fundamentalist. Hate of muslims and anyone remotely left of himself seems to be a stronger driving force than religion was. He also called himself a conservative, a nationalist and a counter-jihadist. No other Christian is to blame for his act, nor Christianity itself.

      If you are a Christian and a good person, feeling bad that you share a faith with this man and anger at being lumped in with a terrorist, keep in mind how as innocent muslims felt after 9/11. Had this man been a muslim, he would without a shadow of doubt be labeled a "muslims fundamentalist", even if there were other, more important influences.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Russ139

    Since they don't have the death penalty in Norway, I'd build a special wing for this guy in a prison, and ensure that he never sees another human being again. Like our Super Max here.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. steve

    If this guy is going to be the face of CNN for the next several months I'll get my news elsewhere.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Cheers To That!

      July 26, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Miguel

    This animal needs to be grateful that he does not live in Texas...
    He would have been executed – using the express lane, although even among prisoners he probably would have been a pariah and been killed in prison. What a slimebag

    July 26, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Markus

      Like most western countries, and indeed US states, Norway is a civilized country that doesn't utilize state sanctioned revenge murders. Norwegians know that killing this man won't heal any wound or bring any of the victims back. We won't let ourselves become murderers, just because he is one.

      When that's said, he will be kept in isolation in prison for the rest of his life; if he were to mingle with other prisoners, someone would likely rip his ugly head of within the half hour.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HowHow

    What? I killed 76 ppl?! Omg – I didn't mean to kill THAT many – I was 'shooting' for maybe 10 MAX...oh god...I'm so sorry guys...

    July 26, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Samm

    Christian terrorists strikes, not surprised if this religion also teaches terrorism as in crusades.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    wrong @ whitearm.
    Those we call islamic terrorists are not affiliated with any mosque either. They routinely attack mosques where muslims are praying. And kill muslims. Its political not a crusade for islam. They want us out of their countries just as this Norwegian Christian terrorist does? Although I for one do not see any muslim military bases in Europe.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Carmen

    IF found guilty, he "COULD" face 21 years in prison? Are you joking?!? He seems so proud of himself! He thinks he's a star now...

    July 26, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Miguel

    What is interesting is that Breivik, in his manifesto, actually claims not be christian. But CNN needs for him to be to create a new narrative that minimizes the scores of Islamic terror attacks and makes a false equivalence with 'christian terror'. Perusing Breivik's manifesto, it is obvious that he is insane and delusional. Hardly the great white christian terrorist capable of forming a cogent reasoning that CNN needs, but hey, this is the new Huf Post copy-cat CNN, why let facts stand in there way.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • kenzo

      ""in his manifesto, actually claims not be christian""
      Umm, yes he does. Where are you getting your information from? Several times he quotes God and talks about the the kingdom, and references bible quotes.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mark L.

    First, my deepest, utmost heartfelt condolences go out to all the Norwegian family members and victims of this tragic, horrible terrorist attack.

    It's highly unfortunate that Norway does not have the death penalty, as I believe Anders Breivik deserves the same fate as Timothy McVeigh received here in the U.S.A. after the cowardly Oklahoma City bombings Mr. McVeigh committed back in April 1995. Mr. Breivik deserves nothing less – "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth..."

    July 26, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Norwegian

      As an norwegian i must say i'm glad we don't have the death penalty, because thats no punishment for him, it's over in a sec. he actually calculated to be killed him self, ergo he wanted it. To live locked away for the rest of his misserable life is a true just punishment

      July 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. No Hope Kids

    There's no helping this world. We are slowly being gunned down and blown up by fellow humans. I don't know if it will ever stop.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Miguel

    Terrorists can be dealt with the same – execute all of them, and torture those captured before then as needed for intelligence on their buddies. This applies regardless of their affiliation (religious, political) – we should not care if they label themselves as Christian, Muslim, Buddhist you name it – they are really all animals, rabid animals and should be dealt with accordingly. They do not represent the people, they are in it for their power or furthering their extremist position.

    Extremists have one goal and two options in life – convert you or kill you.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
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    July 26, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. No Hope Kids

    Your belief that a cold-blooder killer is a hero is evil. You and this man are the human equivalent of the devil himself.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
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