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. jon

    Once again we get only the part of the story that the stat media want you to know. No mention of the fact that this guy was able to blow up a building, drive to the beach and board a boat to the Island and then shot people for 1 and 1/2 hours before the first policeman set foot on the Island. How you ask? It seems the police in the liberal country of Norway lost the right to bear arms. They do not carry weapons. They have to phone their chief and ask for permission to pick up their guns and only then can they proceed to the emergency. How many vicitims would have been spared had a police office been able to hop in a boat and drive the 2 minutes to the Island and stop the shooter?

    This is what the liberal utopian society is all about and it has some deep roots in our own country right now. Fight against it.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      How come then, that the murder rate in the U.S, and most other countries where we see armed police officers exceedes those in countires where they are unarmed, as Norway and Iceland?

      July 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norwegian

      On average we've got about 40 murders a year, for the entire country. That's about 0.8 murders per 100.000 population, much thanks to our "liberal utopian society". For USA the rate was 5.0 for the year 2009. Even with the heinous murders of this lunatic we're not even close to the American numbers. I think I prefer our society just the way it is.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Jon, see how incredibly easy it was for 'Jake' and 'Norwegian' to expose you as a fear-mongering, lying, moron? If you're going to be a far-right lunatic, at least have better talking points that people can't just tear apart in a matter of seconds...

      July 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Amit-Atlanta-USa

    Check how Muslims are misusing Norwegian freedoms!



    July 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash44

      Long Live Norway !!!! Long live Christians, Muslims and multiculturism of Norway !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash44

      By the way Amit dude, a friend of mine told me you are an indian, well man anything the comes against of Muslim Pakistanians from Indian Hindus is not accpetable because you guys always accuse each other so can't believe you.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ceecee

    This attack was against humanity.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ash44

    Andres not only needs psychological but assological and dickological exams also, after that shoot 68 bullets in both of his 'logicals' the way he shot all campers without any mercy. He will not get death penalty that is for sure, but his life after death will be nothing but hell fire. Because Andres you might have won for a very little time, remember no one lives in this world for ever. We all die and we all will stand accountable for our good and bad deeds. So you lost !!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • PACO

      it's not good or bad deeds,your belief in JESUS is all that really matters

      July 27, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ms. Pat

    Brevik will plead insanity. Just like Amanda Knox she will be release from prison. She is a natural born killer. It seems as though in the world today you get almost a pat on the back for killing someone. But, if you live right and for the God you will have hell to pay.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jjk

    If there was ever a justification for the death penalty this is one crime that deserves it. He should never, ever be allowed out at the very least. I'm sure I'd resent having to pay his room and board for the next 21 years. Total waste of space.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vet223

    your hero is a looser, killing innocent people , he is not different then other terrorists and so are his comrades. He is the kind of person who cannot pick on somebody of his own size. Such people are sushi for Taliban, sorry your words provoked me to say such harsh words

    July 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jarhead

    There is no question that with people like Beck and the FOX channel in particular, the US is full of potential nuts. Only time will tell to what extend these people and organizations (venerated by millions of Americans) will relegate the US to a nation of nuts . . . which many people in the world already believe it is.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    2 days before shooting they had requested a full boycot to Israel
    As you see the god send the satan to bring them to hell......

    July 27, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. NorAm

    MC-gangs Hells Angels, Bandidos and Outlaws drove side by side from Oslo to Utoya Tuesday afternoon in sympathy for the perished and their families:

    July 27, 2011 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Norwegian

    How would you like it if I shot your innocent kids? Not even with the possibility to defend themself. If this is what you call "extremly intellegent" then you fail. If he, or you are so intellegent, then why don't you use dialog to change things? The Templar move seems to me like a bunch of persons, isolating themselves from the society with their own mindset. The way ABB acted just shows how low a person can sink.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. steveann

    I have never heard so much Islamic appeasement in my days.

    Two Islamic groups went out of their way to try and gain recognition for this atrocity-
    And of course terror is not confined to Islam alone- any single person can commit a act of terror- However nothing yet comes up to the Carnage in New York, Washington, London, Istanbul, Bali, Beslan, Buenos Aires, Jerba, Jakarta, Jerusalem, Madrid, Mombassa, Moscow, Mumbai,
    Yemen, Dafur, Nigeria, Kashmir, Zhengzhou,

    July 27, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. venurao

    Muslims are real problem. They need to convert to other religion.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
    • ebonynivory

      Opinions are like azzholes, everybody"s got one!!!

      July 27, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • arilor

      are you little confused ... this terror atack was carried out by norwegian christian man ... so o yeah let me think hmmm muslim were bothering this sick guy and thats y he went and killed so many innocent people wich were all norwegian christian people

      July 27, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. venurao

    I don't support killings. But I am 100% agrees with his thoughts on Muslims. Muslims are a big problem everywhere. Here in India, more than 95% crimes are committed by 20% Muslims. Politicians ignore this fact to safeguard Muslim vote bank.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Stalker Alert

    That guy in picture 1 looks like he showed up to the ceremony so he could score some tail when it was weak and vulnerable. Look at him licking his chops.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
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