Horror in Norway: 80 Dead in Camp Shooting

One suspect believed to be behind the Oslo bombing and Utoya shootings

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 22, 2011 9:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – A homegrown terrorist set off a deadly explosion in downtown Oslo before heading to a summer camp dressed as a police officer to commit one of the deadliest shooting sprees in history, killing at least 80 people as terrified youths ran and even swam for their lives, police said today. Police initially said about 10 were killed at the forested camp on the island of Utoya. "It's taken time to search the area. What we know now is that we can say that there are at least 80 killed at Utoya," says the police director. "It goes without saying that this gives dimensions to this incident that are exceptional."

A suspect in the shootings, and the Oslo explosion that killed seven people, was arrested. Though police did not release his name, Norwegian national broadcaster NRK identified him as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik. A police official said the suspect appears to have acted alone in both attacks, and that "it seems like that this is not linked to any international terrorist organizations at all." One survivor said the suspect, dressed as a fake police officer, ordered people to come closer, then pulled weapons and ammunition from a bag and started shooting.

  (P. Holm)
In this photo taken by Vergard M. Aas, a Norwegian crime reporter who responded to the scene of a mass shooting on Utoya Island, Norway, victims lie near the shoreline.
In this photo taken by Vergard M. Aas, a Norwegian crime reporter who responded to the scene of a mass shooting on Utoya Island, Norway, victims lie near the shoreline.   (Vegard M. Aas)
Two women are seen leaving as rescue workers arrive to help the injured following an explosion in Oslo, Norway Friday July 22, 2011. A powerful blast tore open several Oslo buildings including the prime minister's office on Friday. One person was reportedly killed and several were injured, as the blast...
Two women are seen leaving as rescue workers arrive to help the injured following an explosion in Oslo, Norway Friday July 22, 2011. A powerful blast tore open several Oslo buildings including the prime...   (Thomas Winje Aijord)
An injured woman is assisted from a damaged building in Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, after an explosion rocked the capital. Terrorism ravaged long-peaceful Norway on Friday when a bomb ripped open buildings including the prime minister's office and a man dressed as a police officer opened fire at a...
An injured woman is assisted from a damaged building in Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, after an explosion rocked the capital. Terrorism ravaged long-peaceful Norway on Friday when a bomb ripped open buildings...   (Morten Holm)
An official attempts to clear away spectators from buildings in the center of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents.
An official attempts to clear away spectators from buildings in the center of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office,...   (Fartein Rudjord)
Debris covers the area outside a building in the centre of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents.
Debris covers the area outside a building in the centre of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows...   (Fartein Rudjord)
A victim is treated outside government buildings in the center of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents.
A victim is treated outside government buildings in the center of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering...   (Fartein Rudjord)
  (thomas winje)
A young victim is helped in the center of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents.
A young victim is helped in the center of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the...   (Winje Ãijord)
Smoke rises from the central area of Oslo Friday, July 22, 2011 after an explosion. Terrorism ravaged long-peaceful Norway on Friday when a bomb ripped open buildings including the prime minister's office and a man dressed as a police officer opened fire at a nearby island youth camp.
Smoke rises from the central area of Oslo Friday, July 22, 2011 after an explosion. Terrorism ravaged long-peaceful Norway on Friday when a bomb ripped open buildings including the prime minister's office...   (Jon Bredo Øveraas)
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