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. No Hope Kids

    Everybody look here–I think we found one of his helper terror cells. Or maybe his girlfriend. Your are evil. You're a pathetic excuse for a human being.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Barack Obama

    Haven't you seen what we have done to Iraq and Afganistan? If they weren't already in the stone age, we blasted them back there with our drone strikes and military presence eliminating all threats. America will not hesitate to stop terrorism, and you and your friend Breivik are the epitome of terrorists. We will kill you if you even think about looking at us wrong.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Lo & behold!
    This monster who is a terrorist is already being treated as a 'star' & a 'hero'. if one can believe some of those posts above.

    What does that portend??
    More of the same. I hope those trying to portray this Christian terrorist as a 'star' & 'hero' never become the victims of a heinous terror act like this by another 'star' & 'hero'.
    my thoughts & prayers are for those Norwegian victims & the affected families.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. sheikh

    The way thiis terrorist is covered on the media tells us clearly how biased our media is.No one is calling him christian terrorist instead he is called suspect. Why media is showing his best pictures. This guy is as bad as a muslim terrorist and he should be given similar coverage.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Logixal

      Except he is a lone lunatc, as opposed to an organized group based on a religion. And it speaks to the level of your intellience that you would even make public such idiotic views and assumptions.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. No Hope Kids

    Stop trolling with your fake beliefs. You're no better than Hitler or the Devil so shut it up. Brevik is a whining baby who bought a bunch of guns and sent this world further down the drain. Religion in the picture or aside, you and he are both waste. You're not human. You're dirt.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • cnnpeacecnn

      You are not Christian too. You don't have Love in your heart.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. cj

    And that is why we call your gang of brotherhood 'Christian Terrorists'.

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

      Gang of Brotherhood? Sounds like youre a "man of no learn"

      July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hasher Iva

    Breivik is surprised so many died? Just what did he think would happen? This wasn't a video game where everbody comes back to life after you score a certain point level. I hope Norway has a sufficiently tough legal system to deal with guys like this. Let's see, 68 deaths, 21 years per, that should make sure he doesn't see the light of day again.

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

      It should be at least 21 yrs a person, but it is not. Read the article again. He is being charged with two counts of terrorism, which is a maximum of 21 yrs...

      July 26, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      I am norwegian – and feel i should contribute with a few facts about our legal system.
      The maximum sentence is 21 years, a law from 2008 however can be used to sentence the murderer up to 30 years in prison, for genocide crimes. The murderer will most likely be regarded as a threat to society, and stay locked up even after the prison term is finsihed.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lisa

    Free norway...Ur just as sick as that terrorist is.U belong in a prison cell with him.U should Pray 4 all of those People who lost their lives.May God help U

    July 26, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. no

    You idiot, he didn't kill any muslims, he killed fellow NORWEGIANS!!

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

      So if he did kill muslims in Norway, he wouldn

      July 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Magnus

      You write as if one couldn't be both!

      Labour Youth has a membership that pretty much reflects Norwegian society, and so does the victims. Among his victims were many Christians, many atheists/agnostics, as well as several muslims and at least one sikh. Quite possibly jews, buddhists, hindus and others as well, most names are not released yet.

      July 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. One of the smurfs

    Ok. Give him 76 lashes. Then let me fry him since they won't. Norway court wants to let him out in 20 years so he can do it again.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Markus

      No. He'll get 21 or 30 years prison, depending on which law is applied. But then there is "Containment", which is to keep the very most dangerous criminals behind bars indefinitely, for the protection of society. If there ever was a clear cut case for this, it's this one. He will never see the light of day again.

      Please don't read sensationalist US news, sadly lacking in understanding of Norwegian society and law, and think you know enough to lecture a country too civilized to utilize a system of state sanctioned revenge killings.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Samm

    really feel sorry for the families in Norway and the families in Iraq and Afghanistan, where in the pictures hardly disclosed show kids of 3-4 years lying down in blood, limbs apart by american army.
    how a mother father see them, ask them only.
    80-100 people and kids are killed every other day in these 2 countries.
    Huge number of terrorist network is called US Army, small number are called alqaeda etc

    July 26, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Logixal

      What are you even trying to say? American terrorists?

      July 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Amanda

    I really want to understand, why wouldn't he be charged with murder for each person that was killed? Especiall the shootings on the island? It is crazy that he may be out in 21 yrs.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Norwegian Woman

      It won't happen. He will probablyl remained prisoned for the rest of his life. A special punishment named "forvaring" can be extended without limit.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. No Hope Kids

    Of course. Commit your life to someone who kills. That will surely put the world right. You're absolutely bllinded by your own stupidity and ignorance. You are warning me as if you think I am Muslim. Or are you ready to just kill anyone? You're like a puppy following Brevik and it will lead you down the wrong path. I hope the sun burns us all out before people like you have a chance to act.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. One of the smurfs

    Fry em! Fry em! Fry em! Fry em! Fry em! Fry em! Fry em! Fry em!

    July 26, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. cnnpeacecnn

    He should die at battle field as a Christian hero somewhere of Mideast.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
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