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Monday
Jul252011

Norway Shooting Survivor: 'They Just Fell, Lifeless'

Verard M. Aas/presse30.no/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- Swimming 100 meters off the shore of Utoya island in Norway, Kristoffer Nyborg was relieved when he saw a policeman approaching a group of terrified teens on the shore. Gunfire had erupted on the island just moments before, and Nyborg had already seen children murdered. He thought that at least the group on the shore would be safe.

"But then he took out his weapon and executed them," Nyborg said.

Nyborg, 24, had been working at the Norwegian Labour party youth camp Friday when a gunman wearing a police uniform, identified by authorities as 32-year-old Anders Breivik, opened fire on the defenseless youths. Before it was over, at least 68 people would be killed.

In an interview with ABC News, Nyborg said that the shooting started just after there had been a group talk about a deadly bombing in Oslo just a few hours before -- also the work of Breivik, according to police.

Nyborg saw kids running and shouting about a shooter so he ran as well. When he came across a group of 10 youths, they tried to make their way to the shore. Before they made it, Nyborg said he saw three girls gunned down in the distance.

"It wasn't like the movies where you see blood," he said. "There was no blood. They just fell, lifeless."

When his group made it to the shore they joined approximately another 20 children, aged 13-19. In a snap decision, he told them they had to swim to save their lives. Nyborg led the youths into the water, but a handful were too panicked to get in.

Then he saw the man in the police uniform approach the kids left on the beach. "I thought they were all saved," he said. After the man opened fire into the group, he turned his weapon on Nyborg and the other swimmers.

Nyborg said he thought he was going to die and he saw at least one girl swimming with him sink below the surface after bullets ripped through the water all around them.

Despite his efforts, Nyborg said only he and three others made it all the way to the closest shore. The rest grew too tired and turned back to the island -- back to the massacre. He said he doesn't know if any of them made it out alive.

Breivik, who posted an extreme right-wing online manifesto, appeared in his first court hearing Monday and confessed he was behind the bombing and the shooting. He said he was not guilty, however, and that he was trying to change Norwegian society for the better by attacking the Labour party for "treason."

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Monday
Jul252011

Norway Shooting Suspect: Attacks Revenge for ‘Treason’

HOLM MORTEN/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- The man suspected of killing dozens of people in a separate bombing and shooting spree in Norway Friday said he attacked the country's liberal party because, the "price of their treason is what they had to pay."

Anders Breivik made the statement in a closed court hearing Monday in which judge Kim Heger said he would be held without bond for eight weeks until his next court appearance, four of which in solitary confinement. Breivik told the court that he committed the crimes, but did not plead guilty, Heger said. He was, as he told the court, trying to save Norway and Europe from cultural Marxism and Muslimization.

Though Breivik previously told police he acted alone, he also told the court Monday there were two more "cells" in his "organization".

In a video posted online, Breivik uses comics and signs to illustrate his views against what he perceived as communism and anti-nationalism in the Labour party-led government. In a 1,500-page online manifesto, Breivik describes his contempt for the Muslim population in Oslo and mulls even deadlier attacks by Christian conservatives -- including one involving a weapon of mass destruction.

Heger had closed the hearing to the media after Breivik said that he planned to use his deadly attacks as "marketing" for his manifesto against multi-ethnicity. Breivik asked the judge to allow him to wear a uniform to the court but the request was denied.

Breivik, 32, was arrested Friday after allegedly shooting 86 people -- a number that has since been revised down to 68 -- many of them teenagers, at a Labour Party youth camp on an island outside Oslo. He is also accused of planting a bomb in Oslo that killed 8 others and blew out windows at a government building that included the prime minister's office just hours before.

Breivik's lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said Breivik believed his attack was "gruesome" but necessary to change Norwegian society.

The online anti-government rants, as well as the suspected use of a fertilizer-based explosive, invited comparisons to past U.S. domestic terrorists such as Timothy McVeigh, prompting one Norwegian police official to call Breivik, "Norway's Oklahoma City."

Norway observed a moment of silence at noon local time Monday for those killed.

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