Dual attacks in Norway
July 27th, 2011
01:22 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 1:22 p.m.] Here are the latest developments.


- Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg says an independent commission will be set up to investigate Friday's bombing in Oslo and shooting on Utoya Island. He said he hoped it would reduce the risk of such attacks happening again. His goal is for the commission to report back to parliament within a year, he said.

- Norway's police have released the names of 13 more of those killed in Friday's attacks. Twelve of them died on Utoya island, the scene of a mass shooting at a Labour Party youth camp. The 13th was killed in a blast targeting government buildings in Oslo. The youngest among them was 14-year-old Sharidyn Svebakk-Bohn.

-  Police and members of the public rescued about 300 people from the waters around Utoya during and after the mass shooting, police said Wednesday.

- Police are using a mini-submarine and a special boat to search the waters around Utoya, local Police Chief Sissel Hammer says. People's personal effects have been found on the lake bottom, she says. "There is much work left" to do in securing evidence, she said, and the island will remain cordoned off.


- Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg rejected the idea that Norway lost its innocence in Friday's terrorist attacks and said he hopes the country will grow stronger in its commitment to its core values: "It's absolutely possible to have an open, democratic society and at the same time to have security measures and not to be naive," he said Wednesday.

- Jens Stoltenberg said he is thinking more about the victims of the attack than the suspect: "I think about the acts he committed, and they are horrifying - but in one way or another, I've created some distance to that man."

- 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 (18 Responses)
  1. jane

    hope can be better

    July 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimalesh

      Please elevate the man's status from from a lone gunman to a lone terrorist.

      July 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Susan

    Why can't I post comments to all CNN articles without a login?

    July 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TvNYC

    Sad these people died because of some idiot that wanted to show off. What are some of these people thinking? Norway has to execute this guy or put him away for the rest of his life. He is pure evil and won't be forgiven by God until he dies. Take care my fellow Americans!

    July 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Yes, that's what we do in America. Always have, sadly, always will.

      Didn't stop us being the first to have a timothy mcveigh. He's dead, so we all feel better about okc now. They can all rest in peace now. I hope that comes off sarcasticly..

      I do find 21 years unbelievably light. But they say they can extend it if he's still a nazi psyco. At least wait til he's old so those affected can hurt him when he gets out..

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

    I'm still waiting for Christian leaders to apologize for this horrendous terrorist attack.

    After all, that's what they demanded from Muslim leaders, after 9/11.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Panzer75

      Muslim leaders should apologize again. Breivik's attack is clearly a response against muslim invasion and radicalism that searchs to destroy Western civilization from the inside.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @panzer75: dude..

      I don't know who you are, but i *am* western civilization, and i'm not going muslim. Speak for yourself.

      Or is fear and paranoia the order of the day...? Still?

      July 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan

    How can anyone scapegoat the people targeted in the attacks, let alone defend and justify Breivik´s reasoning especially after the attacks?! The rest of the normal world condemns it and rightly so. He´s as much a TERRORIST as any other kind, nut job or not. Don´t fool yourselves!

    July 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Templar Knights

    Templar Knights
    July 27th, 2011 12:00 pm ET

    Our tactics employ a different approach on fear. Templars sacrifice their own to create confusion while the primary objective is on target. Templars study each religious groups reaction to fear and employ this to maximize next attack. Population reaction is the most studied by Templars, only 6 generation high tech equipment is used. Recon and special hearing devices not in the market. Israel has a unit embedded just to learn logical understanding of targets. Not always aimed at enemies. This is an approach no other group or military would even dream of execute do to the extreme social damage that causes. That is why Templars remain in solitude 6 months of every year. All of our missions will be spectacular events. Prepare to see and feel our crusade. Timing is on our side and like it or not, at the end, you will back us. Muslims must go.

    Templar Knights
    July 27th, 2011 12:33 pm ET

    Unfortunately this is the only way we can obtain results, extreme measures for extreme people. Templars are chosen when young, parents are always divorced or deceased. Sentimental feelings are erased and love for people extinguished. These are perfect machines made to achieve a specific mission. There is no cold, hot, young, old, nice, ugly, they see people as ants. They can crush anybody, any government or any country. Trained to perfection and extremely intelligent. Templars can survive in any climate, be -60 or +130, no vision required to complete assignment. Once they start their mission the only thing that can stop them is if earth disappears.

    July 27th, 2011 2:54 pm ET

    @ Templar Knights… Very interesting perspective. It sounds a tho you are personally involved. If so, as a Templar do you have a family, personal relationships etc? Or is the lack of emotional response only directed at the target(s)?

    Templar Knights
    July 27th, 2011 4:48 pm ET

    @W27; I do have family, I’m not directly involved but act as support and logistics management. Templars have special needs and sometimes are like little boys. They can be very mean but also fragile. Everything about them is special. The clothes they wear, the food they eat, mind balance, special weapons and military gear(not available for regular army) and the most important, training . Training involves physical and mental. They train for 16 years, 6 months of each year they are confined to a certain place that resembles target. No outside elements can distract them. Templars do not commit suicide. Skills of survival makes them unique. They can stay and survive on any part of the world. Envy of any military including Israel and Turkey
    Special Forces. Advanced Weapon Handling, Bomb Assembly and Trigger Controls. Templars also fly commercial and military aircrafts including attack helicopters. As you can see these men are perfect combat machines, ready to take anyone or any group down. Always calm and neat.

    July 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Templar Knights

    For Info/@Templar.com/hil.Osl

    July 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kim

    This evil man intruded on innocent people lifes and murder them for no other reason then his rude beliefs its was just rude and ignorant and to make it even worse he came from comfortable life stlye and was given all the opportunity to a good existence and all he could think to do was to kill his fellow citizens no wonder his parents wish he had killed hisself. To bad he didnt but someone this rude and such a coward think there life is great no matter how worthless it is. I think they constantly lie to thereselfs people like that just wont believe people donot agree to there high opinion of thereselfs. Crazy as hell too bad he didnt kill hisself. I wished he had.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. esther

    The media is giving what this monster wanted: attention!
    Just execute him asap. Is not fair that he lives when so many are dead. He has to go. Preferably lynched

    July 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. esther

    He probably knew the laws and his rights and that he would be placed in a nice jail with hot food and water, while the ones he killed were slaughtered like pigs!with no compassion! He needs to be lynched!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tony Gerards (the other side of things)

    The guy is a scape goat like oswald / also the cia,secret service,elites,cfr,free masons,knights of malta,templars,and the jesuits are the orcestraters who lurk in the shadows behind the two other cell/networks he was working with/ all so that the elite can create a false sense that terror groups are out to get us when in reality they are the real terrorist and all this is part of their agenda to use terrorism as a tool to ensare humanity into their one world order ........... ***the truth is out there*** just waiting for us to find it!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bonnie

    Norway should reform its justice system. No more sugarly naivete on human nature.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. chillipepper

    I'd like to know more about that camp and what was going on there. Why did he target them?

    July 28, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Doneso

      This terrorist had been thinking how he could change Norway. The ruling party in Norway "labour" recruite their next generation politicians from their yourth organization. On this island they had a summer camp for this next generation. The youth was represented from all territories in Norway, like a youth congress with representants from all states. In Norway and the rest of northern Europe we have a large number of immigrants from the problem areas in middle east, Northern Africa. The ruling parties are willing to take more immigrants but some like this terrorist are afraid of these changes. 50 years ago Norway was the poorest country in Europe and today since a lot of oil money the richest. 150 years ago a third of the Norway population emigranted to Northern America. So this terrorist thought that he could change but I think he just did the opposit, now all people, parties and religions instead joins together.

      July 29, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |