Saturday, July 23, 2011

DTN News - NORWAY BOMB BLASTS NEWS: Norway Shooting, Explosion ~ 91 Killed, Suspect Charged

DTN News - NORWAY BOMB BLASTS NEWS: Norway Shooting, Explosion ~ 91 Killed, Suspect Charged
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - July 23, 2011:
People in Norway are in shock today 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.
Officials initially reported that at least 10 people were killed at the youth camp on the island of Utoya but later increased the death toll after more bodies were found, according to the Associated Press.
Officials said that the death toll could still rise.
Norwegian police have arrested a Norwegian man for the attacks.
Police would not confirm the identity of the suspect but said they have charged him with acts of terrorism.
The man is believed to be responsible for both attacks.
TV2, Norway's largest broadcaster, was among several local media outlets that identified the suspect as Anders Behring Breivik, 32.
Breivik is described as a member of "right-wing extremist groups in eastern Norway."
PHOTO: Medics and emergency workers escort an injured person from a camp site on the island of Utoya, Norway Saturday July 23, 2011. A Norwegian dressed as a police officer gunned down at least 84 people at an island retreat, police said Saturday.
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Police said the investigation is still open and they are trying to determine an exact motive and whether he was working with anyone.

"This is beyond comprehension. It's a nightmare. It's a nightmare for those who have been killed, for their mothers and fathers, family and friends," Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg told reporters early today.

Just hours before the shooting at a summer youth camp run by Norway's ruling party on the island of Utoya, explosions ripped through a government building in the capital city of Oslo and left at least seven people dead.

The suspect had been seen in Oslo earlier in the day, according to media reports.

Youth Camp Shooting

After blasts rocked Oslo, the shore of a once idyllic lake at Utoya became a horrific triage area.

"The guy was dressed as a policeman and he was trying to ensure that he was helping us and he said, 'come here,'" said witness Jorgen Benone. "He had a rifle or a sniper which he was using to shoot at us. It was total chaos."

Many tried to swim to safety but the gunman armed with several weapons was able to shoot them as they swam.

Bodies after bodies were pulled from the lake.

The boats and helicopters couldn't move the dead and injured fast enough.

"People were jumping out of windows and running everywhere in all directions - terrified for their lives," said Benone. "Most people ran towards the water hiding behind stones and small hills."
Adrian Pracon, a 21-year-old district secretary, says shooting victims were falling on top of him on the island.
He said he played dead in order to save his own life.
"I feel his breath, I could feel his boots, I could the warmth from the barrel but I didn't move and that's what saved my life," said Pracon.
ABC News' Brian Ross, Mark Schone, Josh Haskell, Robin Respaut and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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