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Sunday
Aug212011

Memorial Service for Norway Attacks Held on 1 Month Anniversary

Verard M. Aas/http://presse30.no/Getty Images(OSLO) -- A memorial service is being held for the 77 people killed in the twin attacks carried out by a right-wing extremist in Norway one month ago.

For the families of the victims, the survivors, politicians and ordinary Norwegians, the memorial service is an important part of the healing process.

"I think it's important to feel togetherness," Oslo resident Ingrid Skarmarken says.

Many survivors of the massacre on Utoya Island returned to lay flowers on the spots where friends died.

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Wednesday
Jul272011

Accused Mass Killer in Norway May Try Insanity Defense

HOLM MORTEN/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- Should the accused killer of 76 people in Norway last Friday ever stand trial, his attorney might use an insanity defense to spare Anders Behring Breivik a possible sentence of life in prison.

Public defender Geir Lippestad, who was picked by the 32-year-old Breivik to represent him, said Tuesday that his client is likely insane and was high on drugs when he allegedly planted a bomb in front of a government building in Oslo and then traveled to a camp on Utoya island where authorities say he slaughtered dozens of young people, many of whom were the children of Labor Party figures.

Lippestad told reporters, "This whole case has indicated that he's insane," claiming that Breivik doesn't know the death count from his alleged shooting spree and expressed surprise that police took so long to capture him.

According to the attorney, those who died at the camp -- in Breivik's mind -- were casualties of the war he's leading to stop the spread of Islam throughout the European continent.  Breivik also allegedly believes he's the leader of the movement to crush multiculturalism, which he blames for the loss of Norway's national identity.

Before a trial can take place, Breivik will undergo an examination by psychiatrists to determine his actual mental state.  If he's deemed insane, Breivik would likely spend the rest of his life in a mental institution.

However, if Breivik is considered fit to face prosecution, it would most certainly turn into the most sensational murder trial in Norway since Nazis faced charges of war crimes after World War II.

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Sunday
Jul242011

Anders Behring Breivik Believed Norway Bombing and Shooting 'Gruesome But Necessary'

HOLM MORTEN/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO) -- Anders Behring Breivik still had a lot of ammunition left when he surrendered after allegedly going on a 90-minute shooting rampage that left at least 86 people dead at a summer youth camp, Norwegian police said Sunday.

Breivik, who police today officially identified as the suspect in the shooting Friday and the bombing of a building near Oslo that occurred hours earlier, has given investigators a partial admission of involvement, police said.

"He has admitted to the facts of both the bombing and the shooting, although he's not admitting criminal guilt," acting national police chief Sveinung Sponheim said in a news conference.

Breivik's lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said the 32-year-old accepts responsibility for his actions.

"He thought it was gruesome having to commit these acts, but in his head they were necessary," Lippestad said.

Breivik claimed that he acted alone, wanting to attack Norwegian society in order to change it, Sponheim said. But police say the investigation still open to the possibility that Breivik had help.

Last night, six people who appear to be Eastern European were arrested after police stormed a location east of Oslo in a neighborhood called Slettelokka in the Groruddalen area, police said. Two tanks of chemicals were found at the location. The six arrested were living on the property. No links were found between these suspects and Breivik, according to Oslo police, and they were released.

A video titled "Oslo Bombing" was posted in Polish about five days before the bombing occurred. The video was renamed "Hamsters" shortly before the bombing, and shows actual hamsters. It is unclear whether the individuals arrested had any connection to the actual bombing or the posting of the video.

Police are continuing their interrogation of Breivik and their investigation, dissecting Breivik's life in an effort to find out any other information.

"We're going through witness statements. There was utter chaos on Utoya. We have a massive jigsaw for to solve," Sponheim said.

Breivik, who is still in police custody, is due to appear in court Monday morning for a detention hearing. His lawyer says he will explain his actions then.

Under Norwegian law, the maximum prison sentence Breivik could face is 21 years, according to Sponheim.

Today, memorial services are occurring throughout Norway. The country of only 5 million people is in a state of remembrance.

"Each and every one of those who've left us is a tragedy -- together, it's a national tragedy," Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said.

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Sunday
Jul242011

Norwegian Terror Suspect Wrote 1,518-Page Manifesto

Verard M. Aas/http://presse30.no/Getty Images(OSLO) -- The Norwegian man arrested for Friday's attacks that killed 93 people reportedly plagiarized portions of his enormous manifesto from the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.

Anders Behring Breivik was taken into custody within three minutes of police arriving on Utoya Island, where he is believed to have shot over 80 people, mainly youths. Breivik confessed to the shootings and to an earlier bombing at government buildings in Oslo that killed seven.

Authorities say that he had plenty of ammunition left upon his surrender. Reports also indicate that he may have used bullets designed to atomize inside the body in order to cause maximum injury.

A police spokesman in Oslo said that Breivik believed he had a ten to 30 percent chance of escaping.

A video attributed to Breivik that was found online contained disturbing images, anti-Muslim rhetoric, and belligerent messages calling for conservative martyrdom.

The suspect is also responsible for a 1,518 page manifesto, portions of which are believed to have been taken from or inspired by a similar diatribe by Ted Kaczynski.  

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Saturday
Jul232011

Norway Suspect Admits to Firing Weapons on Youth Camp Island

Verard M. Aas/presse30.no/Getty Images(OSLO) -- The man suspected of shooting and killing at least 85 at a summer youth camp Friday in Norway, just hours after setting off an explosion in nearby Oslo that killed seven, has admitted to firing weapons on the island where the camp is located, police said Saturday.

Some witnesses told police that there may have been more than one shooter at the camp, but investigators have not confirmed that. Police also said there may be undetonated explosives in Oslo around government buildings.

National Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said at a news conference Saturday that the suspect has been in "dialogue" with police, but the interrogations have been difficult.

Anders Behring Breivik, 32, who was identified by several Norwegian media outlets as the suspect, was arrested and charged with acts of terrorism. Police have not confirmed his identity.

Breivik, who was dressed in a police uniform during the shooting rampage, is described as a Christian fundamentalist and a member of "right-wing extremist groups in eastern Norway," and a farmer.

"We have searched his flat and also the farm that he has been buying, but we've not concluded our investigation there," Acting Oslo Police Chief Rodger Andresen said.

An agricultural material supplier told police that Breivik purchased at least six tons of fertilizer several weeks before the twin attacks. Fertilizer could be used to make bombs.

Breivik had one post on his Twitter account, which was set up a few days ago: "One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests."

Police said the investigation is still open and they are trying to determine an exact motive and whether the suspect was working with anyone.

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Saturday
Jul232011

Norway Terror Attacks Toll Upped to 91: Norwegian Man Arrested

HOLM MORTEN/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO) -- People in Norway are in shock Saturday after a man dressed as a police officer is suspected of shooting and killing at least 84 at a summer youth camp Friday, just hours after setting off an explosion in nearby Oslo that killed seven.

Police confirmed that they had arrested a Norwegian man for the attack on a summer youth camp, and that they believed the same man was responsible for the bombing in central Oslo several hours earlier that claimed at least seven lives.

An earlier police report had stated that at least 10 had died at the youth camp. Police fear the revised death toll could continue to rise.

With the arrest of a lone Norwegian in the twin bomb and shooting attacks, officials have all but ruled out any connection to international terrorism.

"We have one person in custody and he will be charged in connection with what has happened," said Justice Minister Knut Storberget during a Friday evening press conference. "We know that he is Norwegian. That is what we know. I don't think it's right from my position to go into details about him."

TV2, Norway's largest broadcaster, later identified the suspect as Anders Behring Breivik, 32, describing him as a member of "right-wing extremist groups in eastern Norway." Norwegian police would not confirm the identity of the suspect.

Breivik's motive remains unclear. He allegedly opened fire at a summer youth camp on the island of Utoya, just hours after explosions ripped through a government building holding Stoltenberg's office in the capital city of Oslo. According to media reports the suspect had been seen in Oslo earlier in the day.

More than 500 people were attending the camp, and most campers were teenagers.

Explosives were found on the island after the assault.

Stoltenberg was uninjured in the Oslo bombing. He was scheduled to visit the youth camp on Saturday.

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Friday
Jul222011

Norway Terror Attacks Kill 17: Norwegian Man Arrested

HOLM MORTEN/AFP/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) -- With the arrest of a lone Norwegian in the twin bomb and shooting attacks Friday, officials have all but ruled out any connection to international terrorism.

Police confirmed that they had arrested a Norwegian man for the attack on a summer youth camp on the island of Utoya that killed at least ten, and that they believed the same man was responsible for the bombing in central Oslo several hours earlier that claimed at least seven lives.

"We have one person in custody and he will be charged in connection with what has happened," said Justice Minister Knut Storberget during a Friday evening press conference. "We know that he is Norwegian. That is what we know. I don't think it's right from my position to go into details about him."

During the same press conference, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg told reporters that it was "too early to say anything certain about the motive." Justice Minister Storberget said he was not aware of any threats before the two attacks.

Police said that the incidents did not appear to have international connotations, but that the borders of the country were closed.

The man in custody allegedly opened fire at a summer youth camp run by the Labour Party, the political party of both Stoltenberg and Storberget, just hours after explosions ripped through a government building holding Stoltenberg's office in the capital city of Oslo. According to media reports the suspect had been seen in Oslo earlier in the day. Oslo is 45 minutes from the island of Utoya.

A witness told Norwegian television of seeing 20 bodies on the shoreline of the island, but a police spokesperson said ten people are confirmed dead. More than 500 people were attending the camp, and most campers were teenagers.

A local police spokesman confirmed to al Jazeera that the suspect had been dressed as a police officer and had said he was at the camp to provide security. Explosives were found on the island after the assault.

Twenty ambulances and four air ambulances were dispatched to the island to pick up the wounded. Some of the campers at the island jumped into the water to attempt to swim to safety.

Stoltenberg was uninjured in the Oslo bombing. He was scheduled to visit the youth camp Saturday.

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