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Terror In Norway: Shooting Suspect Named, At Least 87 Dead

Reut Cohen |
July 22, 2011 | 7:12 p.m. PDT

Senior Editor

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(albertizeme, Creative Commons)
Media named a 32-year-old suspect in connection with Friday’s grisly attacks in Norway that left at least 87 dead. The suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, is an ethnic Norwegian.

An explosion rocked Norway’s government headquarters in Oslo and killed at least seven people Friday, according to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK. Police said witnesses saw Breivik loitering around the area where the bombing took place before the bomb went off.

Just hours after the explosion, a gunman, presumably Breivik, shot at a summer youth Labour Party camp on the Norwegian Island of Utoya near Oslo and left at least 80 dead and several more injured, according to police.

"The updated knowledge we are sitting on now is at least 80," said police chief Oystein Maeland at a news conference. "We can’t guarantee that won’t increase somewhat."

Although the media initially speculated the attacks were linked to Islamic terrorism, Norway’s TV2 reported Breivik has ties to right-wing extremists but did not disclose their source information.

Reports cited Norway’s NATO membership and participation in Afghanistan and Libyan conflicts, which make the nation a target for terror organizations. In July Muammar Gaddafi threatened attacks on Europe if NATO continues their campaign in Libya.

It remains unclear whether Breivik was acting alone or with others.


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