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. texasgirl51

    Send him to us in Texas...we will take care of that slimey problem...

    July 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Allocer

    I found it rather pathetic that people will deny, or even support this criminal as a terrorist. "Oh, hes just a gunman" Oh, he doesn't represent Christainty!" Oh, he wasn't killing for religion and politics."

    Heres the truth, you deny the fact that Terrorism isn't about a group of cavemen blowing themselves up for the name of god/allah. Anyone, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or political ideology is capable of doing what this miserable man did. I bet some, or all of you wished he was a muslim. But in shock and horror, and with no empathy of the victims, you couldn't believe that the culprit murderer was a white, blond hair blue eyes, Christain that attacked young adults, i.e. children. Where is your christain values for the people he killed? Are you in denial that the worst enemy is the one who believe the same faith as yours?

    It shows just how much humanity you have in youselves. Tsk Tsk.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dirtystone

      You missed the boat....what everyone is saying is that this is IN NO WAY the same as islamic terrorism, because this is a lone nut, without any organization or support behind him. Islamic terrorism is always planned, backed, and funded by organizations in the name of their faith, the organizations are in some case GLOBAL in reach. Comparing this guy to Al Queda for instance, is just silly, and that is what some here are trying to do in order to smear the Christian faith they for whatever reason, despise so much.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. moin

    dont differentiate human. we all are human. we live for peace. we hate a country named muslim country as well as a country named christian country. religion is our believe. you have to get education my friend

    July 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    This guy is a CHRISTIAN terrorist period. Those who think that problems lie within the Muslim religion should probably think twice after this attack. Anyone today could be a terrorist, Christians INCLUDED! do you need any more proof after this attack??? i have more problems with right wing CHRISTIANS taking over and killing the innocents than the millions of Muslims who live in Europe and elsewhere and do absolutely no harm. i am a Christian and i think that we (the Christians) are the root cause of all problems. who practices STATE terrorism after all??? Christians of course!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • PCola Vet

      Umm, what????? Your post makes no sense dude, lol. Christians taking over??? Where exactly is that happening?

      July 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dirtystone

    Joe, though I can see you have strong hatred of Christians, other than his saying so, there is no evidence to show that he was a Christian, and no evidence to show that he belonged to ANY type of Christian organization. If I go out and kill people and claim to be a Hindu, it doesn't mean that I am, and it should not be used to smear other Hindus, when there is no evidence that I was ever any part of the Hindu community.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. moin

    USA is the only country that can lead the world in any crisis. Do not speak ill of this country. I am immigrant here for last seven years and I believe this is the best country in the world. However,you better love your country and people instead speaking ill about USA.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andres Breivik

    Hey guys, they let me have the internet here in jail. I heard Al Gore invented it. Anyways, I'm doing good... I've met a man here... he says im his property, and you know what? I'm okay with that. Hopefully I'll get out of jail soon, lulz jk! ttyl

    July 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kill-bees

    There is no satan. Satan is the God of Hell and God punishment. god of war==kill all your enemies. the gods watch and laugh as two demon kill each other..hahah

    July 26, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kill-bees

    tears of joy as all your enemies die!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jk

    How can one believe, he did not know ? He had experience using Gun/s and also background of all sorts !!
    Kidding or lust LAWYER speak !!!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dallas Guy

    Gee, a religious loon. Who knew?

    July 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kill-bees

    The guy has no remorse and no regrets in kiling his enemies.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dirtystone

      Yes, he is a nut case. Generally a psychopath has no remorse for his deeds, and this guy is no exception. Unlike most liberals though, I think he should be executed, and I don't care about his "condition".

      July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kill-bees

    The success of his mission exceeded his target. he impress himself

    July 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Righton

      Thank you for the reiteration. Did you really think your comment added any value at all to the discussion?

      July 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sunnyvale

    Responding to Oslo shootings, Obama declares Christianity "Religion of Peace," praises "moderate Christians," promises to send one into space

    July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theta

      Now he is insame. acted alone know why becuase he is Christian if he was a Muslims he must be declared wise. clever has whole bunch of people working for him from planning, logistics to execution of plan and might have few dozens muslims by this time have been arested in connection of Pakistani decent. what a world and its bias Media.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ted B

    Reading all these posts about the different religions can make one crazy. Read what the leaders of the various religions are trying to do. The non-radical leaders of all the religions are always striving to find common ground, all religions teach love other people. It is the evil in this world that fosters evil, hiding behind whatever religion he chooses at the time. In the history of the human race every religion has faced their battles with evil and it will continue as long as any man will let evil into his mind. The best way through these difficult times is to seek the good in your fellow man, not focus on the evil of the few.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
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