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
Horror in Norway: 80 Dead in Camp Shooting
   (P. Holm)

(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. (Read more Norway stories.)

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