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. kill-bees

    Those people who don't want peace ,,,this is what you get-WAR! The joy of war.. you want war i give you war.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andres Breivik

    You guys are so mean sometimes! I'm super serial that I'm apart of the Knights Templar. I have a uniform that says so!! Anyways, the guards yelling at me to get off. I guess my boyfriend is back :/ buh byes!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dirtystone

    Yes, school yards everywhere will have to be watching out for these brave warriors.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. andrew

    dude you are one majorly screwed up guy, I've read your comments, do you really believe killing children is OK? Brevik is a monster and so are you. The moment this "order" of yours arises out of it's shadows. America and her allies will hunt you down. All who believe your words to be true let alone think this terrorist is a hero are all sick. This order will never stop at Norway they will expand under the belief of "sharing Norway's peace" or whatever to the other nations. This will spark the third world war or the Tenth Crusade Europe will be torn to pieces North Africa a never ending war zone, the middle east and the holy land forever locked in a tug-of-war. THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN. Even if our countries don't all who beleive people are equal, one race one people will fight you. YOU AND ALL YOUR SICK MEMBERS OF THIS ORDER WILL BE HUNTED. You are no better then Hitler

    July 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kill-bees

    People ask why do people kill one another or why there is war..there is a 'reason' for war....always a 'sane' reason for war and killing.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Theta

    What heppened to those templer when Salahuddin was there and crushing Christian Army. These templers were good for civilians and sell out kings only.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Logixal

    Whew. Thankfully Obama and Biden expressed condolences to the Norweigen Ambassador in DC. Like Obama really cares. He probably sees it as another opportunity to ship off boatloads of US taxpayers money.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vikash

    This is unfortunate, but we should also realize the reasons behind it. Why did he do it ?

    July 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kill-bees

    Islam was created by mohammed during his rule to have ONE religion to control the diverse people and religions in his empire. and so was christianity...religion is the gov't to control the people..christianity and islam are STATE religion===politics...political differences===can result in WAR.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Kill-Bees, your screen name says it all. So kindly do us all a favour ans SHUT UP.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. kill-bees

    reality,,christians and muslims in algeria or countries in africa are AT war! africans infested by islam and christianity..why is a black guy worshipping Jew(jesus) is that INSANE.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kill-bees

    The islamic church is the most powerful and rich church in the world now...just look at all the multi-million dollar mosque..being built and World Trade Centre area.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kill-bees

    religion teaches not to lie,,but christianity and islam and many religioius are nothing but SCAM and LIE!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. yipper_skipper

    This even is very sad....9-11 was very sad. Why can't we all just learn to live with one another? Isn't it all time we grew up?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dirtystone

      No, we can't. You see, most people suk to begin with, and then there are some that suk even worse, like this animal. It's a dangerous world, and will remain so.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    The 1st picture breaks my heart...

    July 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      Me too. I cried. I am so upset for them.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kill-bees

    the vatican church and islamic clergy in saude arabia just watch and silence as christians and muslims kill each other in africa in religious wars. million killed africa and the two religioss leaders just watch. religion is evil

    July 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
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