The Norway killings by gunman Anders Behring Breivik have devastated the country. The man was arrested after he carried out a gun rampage in what has been a sickening attack on Norways Labor party youth movement.
Pictures and videos are now being released of the carnage that unfolded.
The terror attack on Utoeya Island represents a major surprise in what is generally a very stable region. The murders both in the bomb blast attack on the Presidents building in Oslo, and the shootings which followed some time later in Utoeya have stunned Norway.
A Neo Nazi terrorist is being held after attacks on Labour Party youths who were killed. There is said to be another man on the loose, and there are fears that this killing could spark a wave of attacks in Norway.
It is unknown if the President himself was subject to an assassination attempt, when his compound was bombed with a home made bomb. At least 7 people died in the initial bombing attack, and many were injured. Oslo’s streets around the blast area were littered with debris.
There are fears that a right wing neo-nazi group carried out the attacks, though it does appear that a lone man, or possibly two are the culprits, and if they are part of a bigger organisation or group is unknown.
Norway is in mourning.
It appears that the killer Anders Breivik actually carried out the bombing[s] in Oslo, then travelled to Utøya island to carry out a further rampage. He was armed with guns and bombs.
In central Oslo the bombing in Norway preceded a shooting attack and bomb attack deaths. Anders Breivik suspect arrested.
A lone gunman Breivik had been detained following the shootings at a youth meeting on a scenic Norwegian Utoeya island and also the bombing in central Oslo on Friday 22/07/2011 is Norwegian the Norway Justice Minister Knut Storberget has confirmed. It is believed the man may be a Norwegian Neo Nazi.
He advised that information so far released is that the man is is a Norwegian when speaking at a news conference. Thought there is little other information on the man, and he advised that he didnt know much more at this time, and that police are investigating.
At the same conference on Friday 22/07/2011 when news of the attacks emerged Knut Storberget advised that the information he had suggested that seven people were killed in the central Oslo bombing, and around 10 injured.
He also suggested that several people had been killed and a number of others wounded during the shooting rampage at the Utoeya youth camp which is located northwest of Oslo, and run by the ruling Labour Party.
Specifics of what the camp is, and what is does will be reported on in due course.
Seemingly oblivious to the true extent of the terror attack deputy Oslo police chief Sveining Sponheim initially advised that the number of victims was 10, or possibly nine. Norway has been slow to reveal full details of the carnage, and when reporters asked about the estimated death toll in the Utoeya island shooting, it seems there was a big underestimation of the actual death toll, which is now thought to be closer to 100 dead.
The deputy police chief was able to confirm the arrest of the murderer/terrorist, and confirmed that the man who committed the terrorist attack being questioned by Oslo police is believed to have knowledge of the bomb blast in Oslo that has killed at least seven people.
The latest is that the assailant has shot dead at least 84 people at the Labor youth camp run by Norways ruling party.
What the Norway PM has described as a youth paradise, is now a place like hell, where people are still coming to terms with what is perhaps one of the most violent and devastating terrorist attackes of recent time.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has spoke of his anger at those who have carried out the attacks and has said that those involved will be hunted and brought to justice.
A great number of those who have lost their lives are people which the PM personally knows. He knows many of the young people, and their parents.
Jens Stoltenberg is hurting especially as the attack happened in a place where he had been every summer since 1979, a place where he has experienced joy, commitment and security. Now there is sorrow in the place which was hit by brutal violence on 22/07/2011.
Condemning the attack on the youth gathering which happened at Utoeya, the PM describes the situation as national tragedy. The island of Utoeya is a small wooded holiday island. It hosts the annual camp for the Labor Partys youth wing.
It has not been since the Nazi invasion of World War II that the country seen a greater crime.
The prime minister was unwilling to speculate on the motives for the attacks, though he did say that compared with other countries he would not say that Norway has a big problem with right wing extremists. This statement may come back to haunt him, in what is the worst terror attack in Europe for quite some time, and also begs the question of why was the youth gathering not properly protected.
Norway does not appear on the table showing the nations with the most small arms per population. This man may of been ex army, he was armed with an M16 machine gun and a Glock, which he both legally had.
Norway does have a number of extreme or right wing groups, some of which have been monitored by the Noway security services before.
The worry is that if there is a large scale right wing movement in Norway the country could decent into civil war, or that a new wave of terror attacks from fanatics such as ETA could begin. One mans terrorist is anothers freedom fighter, and the events over the past days have shown that there are people out there who will kill at random, and the proper term for these people can ovly be madmen.
The police have also come into contact with extremist groups in the past. The attack appears to of come totally out of the blue.
Local police are now saying that at least 84 youngsters are dead, some of which have been shot in the head and executed. Some of which were shot whilst trying to swim away from the carnage.
A number of employees at government offices in Oslo were killed in bombing killed at least seven people earlier on Friday, and injured many more. The government offices bombing has rocked the city of Oslo.
Speaking of the tragedy Norways PM said that the attack is beyond comprehension, and that it is like a nightmare.
So many young have been killed, and for their close ones; mothers, fathers and siblings who are now brutally confronted with death. Norway is in mourning, though the most important thing now is to bring those who have killed and planned attacks to justice.
President Barack Obama of the U.S.A has condemned the attacks.
The survivors and their kin will need help to come to terms with event said Stoltenberg. PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder is something that many will suffer from in the future.
The PM spoke of how everyone who was present at Uteoya will be damaged for life.
The Young people present have experienced things every person should be spared like fear, blood and death.
British PM David Cameron is understood to of spoken to the Norway PM and expressed his condolences over the phone. Cameron is expected to visit Norway over the coming days, and a British investigation team is thought to be on the ground in Norway helping with the investigation.
Bodies are still being recovered from the water where many were slain, executed, murdered, whatever you want to call it.
A sick attack, on children and youths. Norway must be hurting today. Looks like extremists in Norway has caused extensive death and destruction. The story will unravel and we will keep you updated. If you know anything useful, or have anything you want to say feel free to comment.