From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/23/norway-attacks-oslo-bombing-youth-camp
Norway attacks suggest political motive
Targeting government offices and the Labour party camp point to political agenda behind attacks rather than Islamist terrorism
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 23 July 2011
The re-appearance of an apparently large scale and co-ordinated terrorist attack in a European capital last night raised the inevitable questions of who was behind it.
The most tempting and immediate conclusion was that it would be a jihadist group, as the style of the Oslo attack bore strong similarities to other earlier attacks in Europe and elsewhere.
But Norwegian police said last night that the individual believed responsible for the shooting in Utøya, a 32-year-old Norwegian man, was also spotted in Olso before the bombing there.
The targeted nature of the attacks at both government offices and the Labour party youth camp both suggest a more political agenda rather than an attempt to create widespread terror.
Norwegian news reports last night said that police did not think the attacks were linked to international terrorism and that it was more likely directed at the current political system.
There were reports that the gunman responsible for the attack on PM Jens Stoltenberg’s party youth camp on the island of Utøya was blond haired and Nordic looking – allegations still yet to be confirmed.
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From The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/22/anders-behring-breivik-id_n_907513.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009
Anders Behring Breivik Identified As Suspect In Norway Shooting
By Craig Kanalley
First Posted: 7/22/11
The 32-year-old Norwegian man who allegedly went on a shooting spree on the island of Utoya has been identified as Anders Behring Breivik, according to multiple reports.
The Daily Mail and Sky News were among those to report the suspect’s name. According to witnesses, the gunman was dressed as a police officer and gunned down young people as they ran for their lives at a youth camp.
Police said Friday evening that they’ve linked the youth camp shooting and Oslo bombing. Breivik is believed to have acted alone.
Norwegian TV2 reports that Breivik belongs to “right-wing circles” in Oslo. Swedish news site Expressen adds that he has been known to write to right-wing forums in Norway, is a self-described nationalist and has also written a number of posts critical of Islam.
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From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/23/world/europe/23oslo.html?_r=2&hp
At Least 80 Are Dead in Norway Shooting
By ELISA MALA and J. DAVID GOODMAN
Published: July 22, 2011
OSLO — A lone political extremist bombed the government center here on Friday, killing 7 people, the police said, before heading to an island summer camp for young members of the governing Labor Party and killing at least 80 people.
The police arrested a 32-year-old Norwegian man in connection with both attacks, the deadliest on Norwegian soil since World War II.
The explosions in Oslo, from one or more bombs, turned the tidy Scandinavian capital into a scene reminiscent of terrorist attacks in Baghdad or Oklahoma City, panicking people and blowing out windows of several government buildings, including one housing the office of the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, who was unharmed.
The state television broadcaster, citing the police, said seven people had been killed and at least 15 wounded in the explosions, which they said appeared to be an act of domestic terrorism.
Even as the police locked down a large area of the city after the blasts, the suspect, dressed as a police officer, entered the youth camp on the island of Utoya, about 19 miles northwest of Oslo, a Norwegian security official said, and opened fire. “He said it was a routine check in connection with the terror attack in Oslo,” one witness told VG Nett, the Web site of a national newspaper.
Of the at least 80 people killed on the island, some were as young as 16, the police said on national television early Saturday.
Terrified youths jumped into the water to escape. “Kids have started to swim in a panic, and Utoya is far from the mainland,” said Bjorn Jarle Roberg-Larsen, a Labor Party member who spoke by phone with teenagers on the island, which has no bridge to the mainland. “Others are hiding. Those I spoke with don’t want to talk more. They’re scared to death.”
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