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Old 07-22-2011, 05:08 PM  
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WTF is going on in the world!?

Seventeen dead in Norway bomb and gun attack

OSLO (Reuters) - A bomb ripped through Oslo's central government district on Friday and a gunmen dressed as a policeman then opened fire at a youth camp on a nearby island, killing 17 people altogether, police said.
In the biggest such attack in western Europe since the London transport bombings in 2005, seven died when the bomb exploded on the Norwegian capital in mid-afternoon scattering glass, shattered masonry and twisted steel across the streets.
Shortly afterwards, a gunman opened fire at the youth camp of the ruling political party on Utoeya island, north-west of Oslo. Police said nine or 10 people were killed and they believed the two attacks were linked. The gunman was arrested.
The bomb, which shook the city center at around 3:30 p.m. (1330 GMT), blew out the windows of the Prime Minister's building and damaged the finance and oil ministries.
"People ran in panic," said bystander Kjersti Vedun.
With police advising people to evacuate central Oslo, apparently in fear of more attacks, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg told Norwegian TV2 television in a phone call that the situation was "very serious." He said that police had told him not to say where he was speaking from.
A Reuters witness saw soldiers taking up positions in Oslo.
The gunman, described by a police official as tall and blond, was reported by Norwegian media to have taken advantage of the confusion caused by the bombing to attack the summer camp of Stoltenberg's Labour party youth section.
"There was a lot of shooting ... We hid under a bed. It was very terrifying," a young woman at the camp told British Sky television.
There was no clear claim of responsibility and while the attacks appeared to bear some, but by no means all, of the hallmarks of an Islamist militant assault, analysts said it was too early to draw any conclusions.
"This is a terror attack. It is the most violent event to strike Norway since World War Two," said Geir Bekkevold, an opposition parliamentarian for the Christian Peoples Party.
NO CLUES YET FROM DETAINED MAN
Lilit Gevorgyan, analyst at IHS Global Insight, said the most likely suspects were al-Qaeda-linked or inspired groups, but added:
"As the news continues trickling in from Utoeya, however, right-wing extremist groups or even a lone perpetrator with army training or access to ammunition and weaponry could be behind the plot."
Deputy Oslo police chief Sveining Sponheim told reporters that the gunman in the Utoeya shootings had been disguised in a blue police-style uniform but had never been employed by the police.
He said that the police also believed that the man may have been involved in both the Oslo bombing and the shootings. So far, the detained man had not said anything to the police.
NATO member Norway has been the target of threats before over its involvement in conflicts in Afghanistan and Libya.
The attack came just over a year after three men were arrested on suspicion of having links to al Qaeda and planning to attack targets in Norway. It also came less than three months after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in a raid on his hideout in Pakistan.
Violence or the threat of it has already come to the other Nordic states: a botched bomb attack took place in the Swedish capital Stockholm last December and the bomber was killed.
Denmark has received repeated threats after a newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in late 2005, angering Muslims worldwide.
In Oslo, the building of a publisher which recently put out a translation of a Danish book on the cartoon controversy was also affected, but was apparently not the target.
Police have been on the alert for complex gun-and-bomb attacks on European cities since the assault by 10 gunmen on India's financial capital Mumbai in November 2008 which killed 166 people. The Oslo attacks, though hitting two targets, were not simultaneous and the delay between them left open the possibility of a single perpetrator.
Madrid suffered an Islamist militant bomb attack on commuter trains in 2004 that killed 191 people. Four suicide bombers killed 52 people in an attack on London's transport system in 2005.
The Oslo district attacked is the very heart of power in Norway, with several other key administration buildings nearby. Nevertheless, security is not tight given the lack of violence in the past.
The Reuters correspondent said the streets had been fairly quiet in mid-afternoon on a Friday in high summer, when many Oslo residents take vacation or leave for weekend breaks.
The failed December attack in Stockholm was by a Muslim man who grew up in Sweden but said he had been angered by Sweden's involvement in the NATO-led force in Afghanistan and the Prophet Mohammad cartoons.
That attack was followed weeks later by the arrest in Denmark of five men for allegedly planning to attack the newspaper which first ran the Mohammad cartoons.
In July 2010, Norwegian police arrested three men for an alleged plot to organize at least one attack on Norwegian targets and said they were linked to individuals investigated in the United States and Britain.
Political violence is virtually unknown in a country known for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize and mediating in conflicts, including in the Middle East and Sri Lanka.
(Additional reporting by Gwladys Fouche, Victoria Klesty, Henrik Stoelen and Ole Petter Skonnord in Oslo, William Maclean in London and Patrick Lannin in Stockholm; Writing by Myra MacDonald; editing by Mark Trevelyan)
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:30 PM  
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I was catching up on that earlier today at work.

The bombing itself is satanic enough, but the killing field at the youth camp has pretty well galvanized my mind to the fact that much more drastic action than has been taken to date will be required to stop these atrocities.

Has anyone claimed responsibility yet?
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:32 PM  
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Not that I know of. All I know is they detained a man but there are no real details yet.
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:53 PM  
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This is likely an Al Qaeda terror attack ostensibly over Libya but really more about terrorism than anything else.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:52 PM  
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oh man, why do these idiots gotta be like that!?
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:02 PM  
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oh man, why do these idiots gotta be like that!?

rhetorical I know but it begs an answer. Because fundy tribal wingnuts have less compassion than a rabid wolverine.
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:10 PM  
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Accused terrorist had free reign

Murdering scum:

Police would not comment on whether he acted alone but said no other arrests have been made. They said Breivik had no criminal record.

They would not speculate on his motives, but said, based own his own Twitter and Facebook accounts, he appeared to be a right-wing Christian fundamentalist.


Accused terrorist had free reign / News / The Foreigner — Norwegian News in English.

UPDATED: Anders Behring Breivik had been shooting for one-and-a-half hours on Ut?ya before police arrived it is confirmed today.

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At the press conference, police also verify Mr Breivik, who was unknown to them before yesterday?s tragedy, confirms he was on the island and fired shots and gave himself up voluntarily when they commanded him to stop. He had one handheld and one automatic weapon.
A 22-year-old, who was one of the intended victims, tells NRK he only survived because the gunman missed.
?He tried to shoot me with a handheld weapon. I saw the bullet from the gun fly past me and hit the stones behind me. I just ran. People beside me were simply gunned down. He made sure he shot everyone twice,? says the man.
92 people, several of them teenagers, have now been confirmed dead following the double massacres in Oslo at Labour?s (Ap) summer youth camp. Five more are also feared killed.
It is believed there are still dead bodies amongst the ruins at Ut?ya and a search is still being conducted in waters around the island. There is still no confirmation if Mr Breivik was acting alone.
In response to questions whether there were any other weapons found, and if there was security on guard at the venue, Oslo?s Assistant Chief of Police Sveinung Sponheim answered, ?This has not been established yet.?
As to the bomb, the accused also owns a plant cultivation company in 2009, Geofarm, through which he bought six tones of fertiliser this year from Rena?s Felleskj?pet in ?mot municipality, Hedmark. Fertiliser is a known ingredient in homemade bombs, and has been used in several major terrorist attacks worldwide.
Police now confirm the explosive device was in a delivery van parked outside government headquarters. Today is an official day of mourning.
Norway attacks: Details emerge in Oslo bombing, camp shooting - latimes.com

The shooting spree at a youth camp lasted an hour and a half as Norwegian police struggled to access the camp by boat, police officials say at a news conference. Police also confirm a car bomb caused the explosion outside a government building in Oslo.

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The gunman who went on a shooting rampage at a youth camp on an island near Olso on Friday fired shots from two weapons for an hour and a half before surrendering to authorities, Norwegian police officials said Saturday.

It took police 40 minutes to get on the island after Anders Behring Breivik began shooting, Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said at a news conference. He told reporters that police officials had responded as "quickly as possible" but there were problems getting boats to transport officials to Utoya Island, where the Worker's Youth League, the youth wing of Norway's Labor Party, was attending an annual gathering.

The shootings came after a bomb explosion outside a government building in Oslo that police confirmed was caused by a car bomb. Sponheim said a witness saw the vehicle standing for a long time outside the building.

Photos: A sudden, deadly attack

Of the 92 people confirmed dead in the twin attacks, 85 were shot and seven died as a result of the blast, Sponheim said. Police said that four or five were known to be missing in the attacks. Sponheim told reporters that body parts had been discovered in the buildings at the epicenter of the explosion.

Police officials said that Breivik did not resist arrest when police caught up with him.

"He put down his weapons," Sponheim told reporters. "It was undramatic."

No other guns or knives were found, the police chief added.

He would not confirm whether authorities were searching for another assailant. It's also unclear whether Breivik was part of a larger network, Sponheim said.

Breivik, who is in custody, was speaking with police, Sponheim said. But he has retained a lawyer.
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:40 PM  
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That is so sad and tragic... I couldnt imagine having something like that happen on an island paradise like that. THAT is supposed to be the place you get away from the hustle and bustle of society, and the last place you would expect something like this to happen.
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:55 PM  
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Tragic, sick and heart wrenching.
I think think this guy needs to be drawn and quartered, very slowly.
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:57 PM  
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This is something I can't understand. If life is so unbearable, or you want to make a statement, staple a banner on to your butt and jump off a cliff, eat a gun, or give yourself a gas bath and light a match. Why do these idiots feel it is necessary to take out so many innocent people?

Sorry, I'm ranting, but this stuff really pisses me off!

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