Friday, July 22, 2011

Murder in Norway

Originally, when this story first broke my gut told me this was not a jihad attack.  I am used to listening to said gut, and did not react as I would usually act, which would be to scour news sources and find the truth.  The truth seems to have made it's way to the surface, and mu gut seems to have not let me down.

Here are two articles which explain it all.

My heart goes out to those who are suffering right now, and I hope justice is served quickly.

From SKY News Sat, July 23

Norway Camp Shooting: 'As Many As 30 Dead' 

As many as 30 people are feared dead in a shooting at a Norwegian youth camp after a bomb in the capital, Oslo, killed at least seven. 

Shots were fired by a man dressed as a police officer at a youth meeting of the ruling Labour Party in Utoya - an island around 20 miles from the capital.

He has been named in Norway as Anders Behring Breivik - an anonymous official said he was believed to have been working alone.

Police said they do not think the attacks were linked to Islamic terrorism.

An eyewitness reported seeing between 25 and 30 bodies on the island.

Police have confirmed that 17 people were killed, but said that was a preliminary figure which they expected to rise.

Undetonated explosives were found on the island after police carried out a search.

Around 600 people were believed to be taking part in the summer camp - most of whom were teenagers aged between 14 and 18.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg had been due to attend the event on Saturday.

He said that Norway would gain strength from the attacks.

"We are a small country, but a very proud one," he said.

"Nobody can bomb us to be quiet. Nobody can shoot us to be quiet. Nobody can ever scare us from being Norway."

One Norwegian man was arrested after the incident - he was described as being tall and blond. Sky sources said he was shot and wounded during the arrest.

Police said they suspected the 32-year-old was linked to the bombing in Oslo because of descriptions they had been given.

Sky's senior news correspondent Ian Woods is in Oslo and said that the island is only a 30-minute drive from the city.

He said that although police would not confirm whether other people were involved, it was possible the gunman had worked alone as there was a 90-minute gap between the two incidents.

Next is this  from The Globe and Mail July 22 by Nils Mykelbost

One Norwegian linked to bombing, shooting in Norway

Norway’s peace was shattered twice Friday when a bomb ripped open buildings in the heart of its government and a man dressed as a police officer gunned down youths at a summer camp.
Police linked one Norwegian, reportedly named Anders Behring Breivik, to both attacks, which killed a total of at least 17 people in this nation’s worst violence since the Second World War.
Police said they did not know the motive but an official said that the suspect seems to have acted alone and does not appear to be linked to a terrorist group.
Hundreds of youths ran in terror at a camp on Utoya island where the prime minister had been scheduled to speak Saturday. Some even tried swimming to safety as the gunman fired.
A 15-year-old camper named Elise said she heard gunshots, but then saw a police officer and thought she was safe. Then he started shooting people right before her eyes.
“I saw many dead people,” said Elise, whose father, Vidar Myhre, didn’t want her to disclose her last name. “He first shot people on the island. Afterward he started shooting people in the water.”
Elise said she hid behind the same rock that the killer was standing on. “I could hear his breathing from the top of the rock,” she said.
She said it was impossible to say how many minutes passed while she was waiting for him to stop.
A Norwegian police official says there is at least one unexploded device at the youth camp where a 32-year-old man opened fire, killing at 10 people.

Read both articles

1 comment:

Jay Knott said...

I usually disagree with you, but I have to give you-all credit for not jumping to the conclusion that this was a Muslim terrorist attack.