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. saywhat

    Well 'Nor Templars'
    How about sending your boats out to ship our military back from occupying their lands while you are shipping out their military from occupying ours, to end this cycle of violence ? Oh! but I just remembered they do not have any bases here , do they?

    Also, we Americans believe in Liberty, freedom & justice for all. There were times in our history when we did call other ethnic groups trash & all that but we learned & became the greatest nation on earth.
    And you, you can get back to the dark ages all we care.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. CJ

    He is not Christian he did not commit the crimes in the name of Jesus. Christians don't promise reward for martyrdom when you commit murder. Stop trying to claim this as a Christian crime when it was a hate crime. Shame on you cj.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • iHATEdumbies

      so TRUE!

      July 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dirtystone

      Exactly. He was a lone nut, who chose to smear a given faith who he has never been any part of. He is part of no Christian organization, has no backers, supporters, anything. Just one crazy guy with serious problems who went on a rampage.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • dirtystone

      Nobody has shown that he was ever part of any Christian organization. He was a lone nut, smearing the name of Christianity.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • joejoe

      so if a christian commits evil, it's a personal choice and not related to their religion. if a muslin commits evil, it's an indication that their religion encourages violence? i smell hypocrisy!!

      the reality is that any religion can be twisted to support virtually any perspective or act; it just depends on the individual or group doing the interpreting. only simpletons truly believe that islam is the real problem. the real problem is the socioeconomic condition of the middle east. when people have wealth and can live well, there is little reason to go around blowing stuff up.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • maha

      I agree with joe joe 100%. use some common sense people, and face reality and stop blaming or wishing that he should have killed muslims instead, and you call yourselves Christians. Shame on you ..

      July 28, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      He committed his crimes in the name of the House of the Lone Wolf Congregation the templar cross was just a facade.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cnnpeacecnn

    Wish in his next life he will be brave enough to fight in a real battle field for real Christianity

    July 26, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. bill

    Something does not sound right here. This nut first blows a bomb trying to kill the leadership, then he goes out and shoots Norwegian kids because he hates Muslims and people of colour. Sounds to me he hated liberal white Christians more than Muslims. This man is mentally disturbed with a dash of egomania, His kind are in many countries and many faiths, they have and will continue their crazy deeds. All we can do is be alert.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. No Hope Kids

    ??? All of Free Norway's responses disappeared. Is CNN maybe doing their job and not letting crazy people speak on this board? Thank you if that is the case because it is startling to our race that we let threatening and insane people vomit their beliefs all over what should be a reputable news source.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @ Free Norway
    Don't even think of threatening us Americans, no matter how far gone in madness you be. We know how to kick ass of the likes of you.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Amanda

    You are a crazy nut. I reported you to CNN in a very detailed message, better watch out!

    July 26, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Richie

    So am I but if your society does not want to make itself the force multiplier for asymmetric warfare (any one of over 6 billion humans) you should resist that primal urge to have your polls, policies, and opinions go up or down to much cause destroying a normal and healthy society is what this man wanted to accomplish and here the politicians, and my sowciawly wesponsible media. took over where the terrorists failed and deformed my once great nation beyond their wildest dreams.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rozelle

    No religion, no politics. Just a lone madman with an imaginary army behind him and an imaginary enemy in front of him and (unfortunately) very real weapons. His is the face of someone who is violently insane.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary Masi, Esq.

      Very well said.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBlogNinja

      You're exactly right on those other points but I disagree on the last part about insanity. Typically people like him do what they do by following a lucid, but self-deluding process, which allows them to justify to themselves their actions no matter how horrific and homicidal. They often use religion as a driver and big political or social issues, and demonize their perceived opponents, and everyone who isn't with them is against them. This is why killing children seemed like a thoughful and worthy plan to him. Not insane, just sociopathic and evil.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben James

      Make no mistake, this is the face of the new Nazi party brought to you by Rupert Murdoch!

      July 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Truth

      One of the most sensible remarks I have read thus far over this tragedy! Individuals who promulgate hatred and hate speech could learn from your post. Thank you..

      July 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • haha

      Really? because he would not have killone if it was not for religion and politics... soooo

      July 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rohan

    If I was living in America, Canada or Europe I would be very worried because this is what most terrorism experts are praying not to happen. And it is the perfect terrorist, who is a blond hair blue eye white male or female who can travel with ease all over these predominately white lands and unleash hell. The days of us demonizing men of color is slowing coming to an end, now we will have to turn the cameras on ourselves. The greater question is can we do that and I would have to say, NO!

    July 26, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • dirtystone

      This guy was clearly a lone nut, who went crazy and killed. He had no organization behind him, no backing or support, no funding, no superiors, no underlings. Again, a LONE NUT. Nothing can ever be done to prevent one person from going off the deep end, and this is HARDLY one of the great worries of the anti-terrorism taskforces.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBlogNinja

      @dirtystone: Yes it is one of the primary concerns, I'm speaking with first hand knowledge of this. The lone wolf characters can cause large scale and nasty consequences, and be difficult to detect and track in all respects beforehand. Good example in US history: McVeigh.

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

      Ever heard the old saying "why worry about what you have no control over"? Since there is basically no way to predict a lone madman acting out, it is not a large concern of the intelligence community in the way that Al Queda is, and for obvious reasons.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • haha

      I hate to be the one to tell you.. but there were white terrorists long before any other culture had terrorists

      July 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cnnpeacecnn

    The maximum sentence is 21 years in prison????????????????????????????????????
    4 month / a human life ?????????????????????

    July 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dirtystone

      This is the type of garbage you get in a socialist country.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • haha

      dont believe the media. He will get way more than 21 years. The judical system there allows for his to be tried as a special case. He will never see the light of day again.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cnnpeacecnn

    Whatever he is not a Muslim

    July 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. truth

    The difference between the Norway incident and the terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims daily in the World is that the Christian did not kill in the name of Jesus. The Muslims do kill in the name of Allah. Thus the Muslims are most dangerous for the World.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • cb

      And the crusades were........???

      July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ABE

      Yeah, CHRISTIANS kill by the tens of millions, like 50 million world war victims, hiroshima, natives in north america, the blacks shipped out of Africa, a millions and a half in Iraq started just a decade and a half ago, tens of thousands in south america under local groups supervised by cia and co, thus proxy wars, need i go on , no you don't kill in the name of JESUS, you kill in the name of liberty, freedom, decomcracy, and all the names you want . NOW how many millions did the muslims kill in the name of ALLAH, 2985 lives lost in 911 event and do you wanna whose behind it , do you research with an open and fair mind you'll find the truth. most of terrorism victims are in the muslim lands because of the americans w the help of local corrupt governments who are doing these things for geopolitical gain. EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE SPEWING MORE HATE!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • haha

      @ ABE not very bright are you?... comparing the crusade to one event (911) Maybe if you actually knew how many people were killed in the name of Allah you would keep your mouth shut... but i doubt it.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. moin

    we all are human no matter white or black, muslim or christan or jews. we hate terrorism and killing innocent people. the terrorists are satan. they must be punished.we have to respect all cultures, all religion and all races. If we do not than we are not human. We hate polarization on the basis of all of these factors.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ moin

      but how can you respect the religion of those whom say that other relgions are the devil?

      July 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JOE

    I heard Anders is asking for a change of venue where he can get a fair trial. He is requesting that he be tried in florida. He has discovered that no matter how cruel your crime, you can get acquitted with ease in Florid and then get a book and movie deal and become an instant celebrity.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
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