Norway Remembers Terror Victims on 1st Anniversary

77 killed by bombs, bullets 1 year ago today
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2012 5:17 AM CDT
Norway Remembers Terror Victims on 1st Anniversary
Norwegian Royal family members attend a memorial service at a venue near the site of a bombing which destroyed a government building, in Oslo, Norway, earlier today.   (Schroeder Tor Erik)

(Newser) – Norway is commemorating the 77 victims of a bomb and gun massacre that shocked the peaceful nation one year ago. Anders Behring Breivik, a 33-year-old far-right fanatic, has admitted to the July 22, 2011, attacks: a bombing of the government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight, and a shooting rampage that left 69 dead at the left-wing Labor Party's youth camp on Utoya island.

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In a wreath-laying ceremony today at the bomb site, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said Breivik had not succeeded in his declared goal of destroying Norway's commitment to being an inclusive, multicultural society. Stoltenberg said: "The bomb and the gun shots were meant to change Norway. The Norwegian people answered by embracing our values. The perpetrator lost. The people won." (Read more Norway stories.)

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