Breaking: Explosion hits government offices in Oslo; Update: Bomb confirmed, say police; Update: AQ group takes credit?

posted at 10:36 am on July 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

A “huge explosion” has hit Norway’s government headquarters in Oslo.  According to the Associated Press, injuries have been confirmed, but no deaths at the moment, and the Prime Minister seems to be safe:

A loud explosion shattered windows Friday at the government headquarters inOslo which includes the prime minister’s office, injuring several people.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is safe, government spokeswoman Camilla Ryste told The Associated Press.

Witness Ole Tommy Pedersen was standing at a bus stop about 100 meters (yards) from the high-rise at around 3:30 p.m. (1330GMT) when he saw the blast shatter almost all windows of the 20-floor highrise. He said a cloud of smoke is billowing from the bottom floors.

The building also houses offices of leading Norwegian media outlets.  It’s not clear what happened yet, let alone who was targeted and why (or even if, as this could have been an accident), but a blast that blows out windows all through a 20-story building had to be pretty powerful.  If everyone survived it, it would be almost miraculous.

We’ll keep an eye out for updates.  So far, CNN hasn’t covered it, and the wire services haven’t had much more to say than what’s above.

Update: Aftenposten strongly hints that this was a bomb, although in the same report it says that the cause had not yet been determined. They also have this short video of the aftermath:

Whatever it was, it was big. NRK picks up on the Aftenposten report to say that there may be more bombs in the building (Google translated the Norwegian):

Several unexploded bombs

- You can not go through here, because there are still two bombs we do not know where is, police on site to Aftenposten.no reporters.

NRK.no do not know anything more about the circumstances of these bombs.

In Akersgata are many people looking [through the] government quarter. Glass doors are blown away. Police and fire departments are looking for casualties in the area.

Update II: From the AP at the original link, a potential motive:

The blast comes as the Scandinavian country has grappled with a series of homegrown terror plots linked to al-Qaida, and six years after an uproar over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in neighboring Denmark.

Last week, a Norwegian prosecutor filed terror charges against an Iraqi-born cleric for threatening Norwegian politicians with death if he’s deported from the Nordic country.

The indictment centered on statements that Mullah Krekar — the founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam — made to various media,
including American network NBC.

Update II: AP now says one confirmed dead. They also note a “blackened car lying on its side amid the debris,” which could indicate a powerful car-bomb blast.

Update III: Reuters reports that police confirm that the explosion was a bomb, and that there are now two confirmed dead from it.

Update IV: There has now been a shooting at a Norwegian youth camp that wounded five people that the media reports may be linked to the bomb attack. Sounds a little like a Mumbai scenario might be unfolding, and the web site Jihadica says that an al-Qaeda-affiliated website has a claim of responsibility from a group named Helpers of Global Jihad, via Poor Richard’s News.

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Except that AQ has claimed responsibility

faraway on July 22, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Except one source says it’s been debunked.I can’t see a reason for this attack from any group in Norway. Doesn’t add up. Besides just because the man is “Nordic” looking doesn’t mean he wasn’t an Al Queda sympathizer…

sandee on July 22, 2011 at 5:39 PM

This the Norwegian penal system in a nut shell.

And this is the reason why he didn’t go out in blaze of glory. The Norwegians are just to damn stupid ‘nice’ to do anything else.

Lance Murdock on July 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM

under 80 actually and a Masters degree….historian, Thatcherite….but you haven’t questioned my sexuality yet…

callingallcomets on July 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM

A Thatcherite who makes apologies for socialists :-)… fought against the Trotskys, yet make excuses for socialists :)…mein Gott, what a mess :-), your sexuality aside :-)…that would only complicate matters more…and compound said mess :-)…

jimver on July 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM

A convert.

pseudonominus on July 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM

callingallcomets on July 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Get over yourself

This story is not about you

pseudonominus on July 22, 2011 at 5:50 PM

The first person arrested is a Norwegian.

SnarkVader on July 22, 2011 at 5:25 PM

could one be Muslim, or Muslim-affiliated, yet white and Norvegian?…they might have gotten smarter after all, makes it hard on ‘profiling’ and getting ahead of them too…

jimver on July 22, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Norway’s a perfect target. Scandi self loathing is not quite as bad as the American left but it should be enough to assist in throwing open their immigration doors a bit wider in order to assuage their guilt over causing the anger that led to these terror acts.

rickyricardo on July 22, 2011 at 5:53 PM

The facts are taking forever to come out or at least it seems like it. Who in the world kills children?

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Well generally it’s Muslims. I doubt this “Norwegian” acted alone.

sandee on July 22, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Norway’s a perfect target. Scandi self loathing is not quite as bad as the American left but it should be enough to assist in throwing open their immigration doors a bit wider in order to assuage their guilt over causing the anger that led to these terror acts.

rickyricardo on July 22, 2011 at 5:53 PM

gee, that sounds like way too twisted logic there, though I agree, entirely characteristic of the way the left thinks (and acts, I might add)…

jimver on July 22, 2011 at 5:59 PM

By the way the media is “thrilled” in their reporting that it is a blond Norwegian.

sandee on July 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Who in the world kills children?

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 5:55 PM

This is a trick question … right?

Jaibones on July 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Does anyone else find it creepy that the children targeted were at a “political camp”? Who sends children to a political camp? Just the phrase “political camp” gives me the shivers.

Rational Thought on July 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM

The press is all over the “right wing extremist” meme.

sandee on July 22, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Jaibones on July 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Sort of. As someone who has attened Tea Parties, I don’t want to get out ahead of the facts but this is just so awful.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

By the way the media is “thrilled” in their reporting that it is a blond Norwegian.

sandee on July 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

has CNN apologized yet for posting on their website that the Danish and Norwegians were on high alert for months re: a potential Muslim attack on their soil? :-)…I mean in the light of the fact that the attacker was blonde and Norvegian, an apology is in order, no? :-)

jimver on July 22, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Rational Thought on July 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM

I need more info but yes, it seems weird.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 6:04 PM

The press is all over the “right wing extremist” meme.

sandee on July 22, 2011 at 6:02 PM

The American press, yeah, but I’ve not seen that out of Norway yet. The President there just spoke — said nothing of “right wing extremism.” And the BBC just abruptly ended their ongoing live coverage. Odd. I’m speculating that the blond Norwegian angle got them all excited, but perhaps they’ve since been told that things might be pointing to a Religion of Peace convert.

Rational Thought on July 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

BallisticBob on July 22, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Do they have a lot of that over there?

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I honestly have no idea.

I’d imagine they have their own kooks over there just like we do, whether they be left, right, whatever.

BallisticBob on July 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

The first pic of the shooter is out but they blurred it. WTF? Must protect the guilty!

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 6:52 PM

BallisticBob on July 22, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Do they have a lot of that over there?

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM

With all due respect to Professor Tore Bjørgo, I’d give it at least until tomorrow before any revealing facts come out. It’s about midnight in Norway about now.

whatcat on July 22, 2011 at 7:06 PM

The first pic of the shooter is out but they blurred it. WTF? Must protect the guilty!

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Here’s the shooter’s Facebook page:

http://nb-no.facebook.com/people/Anders-Behring-Breivik/100002651290254

Norwegian on July 22, 2011 at 7:09 PM

In the meantime I’d look at that first sentence long before moving on to the Professor’s best guesses:
The police had the latest press review at 23:30 and did not report any updates.But Professor Tore Bjørgo….

whatcat on July 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Norwegian on July 22, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Hmmm, weird. Well it’s true we all have our kooks.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Here’s the shooter’s Facebook page:

Norwegian on July 22, 2011 at 7:09 PM

same pic as on the Twitter page:

http://twitter.com/#!/AndersBBreivik

Only entry there:
AndersBBreivik
“One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100 000 who have only interests.”

whatcat on July 22, 2011 at 7:20 PM

They just said on Fox that is was less like 9/11 and more like Oklahoma City. So sad.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I’d imagine they have their own kooks over there just like we do, whether they be left, right, whatever.

BallisticBob on July 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

So true…..

callingallcomets on July 22, 2011 at 7:43 PM

VG has a picture of him now.
http://www.vg.no

Tc0061 on July 22, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Why do you refer to him as a kook? If he is/was Muslim, we would call him terrorist, because kook would be letting him off easy.

Domestic terror is dangerous & destructive to a nation, and we owe it to our own credibility to refer to those perpetrators as terrorists.

honest16 on July 22, 2011 at 8:02 PM

honest16 on July 22, 2011 at 8:02 PM

He is definitely a terrorist. And they are all kooks.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Why do you refer to him as a kook? If he is/was Muslim, we would call him terrorist, because kook would be letting him off easy.

Domestic terror is dangerous & destructive to a nation, and we owe it to our own credibility to refer to those perpetrators as terrorists.

honest16 on July 22, 2011 at 8:02 PM

It depends, if there’s a political goal , it’s terror, but if it’s just for the mayhem and attention, it’s a kook or a crazy madman.

the_nile on July 22, 2011 at 8:07 PM

So, a white Christian conservative. I hate him. What a worthless, evil turd and a stupid, stupid, stupid piece of sh!t. What was he thinking? That’s he’s going to advance his political goals with this sh!t? If it comes out that his motive was political and anti-left, it’s going to put back conservatism in Europe for the next 100 years. You won’t be able to express the most moderate conservative opinion without the liberal media reminding everyone of the consequences of “right wing extremism.” I mean, we all know the far right has another 50 million or so murders before they even begin to catch up with the horror wreaked upon humanity by the far left, but that’s irrelevant to a left wing media who would never print the words “left wing extremist” if their lives depended on it. Oh and the fight against Muslim extremists in Europe? Forget about it…from now on all resources and rhetoric will be diverted to the fight against right wing extremists, I mean conservatives. Go I hate this man.

Sharke on July 22, 2011 at 8:12 PM

from now on all resources and rhetoric will be diverted to the fight against right wing extremists, I mean conservatives. Go I hate this man.

Sharke on July 22, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Yes, this can almost bee what the left hoped about Tuscon killings.

the_nile on July 22, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Sharke on July 22, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Funny how that works, if it Islamic terrorism, everyone is urged to remember that not all Muslims aren’t terrorists. I’m sure conservatives aren’t going to get the same treatment and we will be lumped in with this idiot.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Should be (not all Muslims are terrorists) sorry

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Police said they did not know the motive or whether the attacks were the work of one person or a terrorist group, but Justice Minister Knut Storberget said the man who opened fire at the youth camp is Norwegian.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/07/22/explosion-damages-buildings-in-norwegian-capital/#ixzz1SsuMjHPI

mankai on July 22, 2011 at 8:43 PM

One of many disturbing aspects of this attack: how easy it was to brush aside security by posing as a police officer. How do you take counter measures against that? Not a rhetorical question. There have been many instances of murderers using badges to gain their victim’s trust. The fact that this tactic has apparently spread to terrorists makes it all the more chilling. We should assume this won’t be the last time someone tries to do it, and be prepared.

RightOFLeft on July 22, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Dagbladet says his neigbors saw him in what looked like military uniforms.
I wonder if that might mean he was a neo-nazi.
I don’t know Norwegian enough to tell if their term for “extreme right” has the same meaning as in English.

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=no&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dagbladet.no%2F2011%2F07%2F23%2Fnyheter%2Fterror%2Fdrap%2F17421854%2F

Tc0061 on July 22, 2011 at 9:06 PM

So, a white Christian conservative…

Sharke on July 22, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Why are we starting this? Is there any evidence that this act was inspired by Christianity? A muslim group has already claimed responsibility.

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2011 at 9:07 PM

The Amish again? /s.

Oil Can on July 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Religion of Peace *TM

Lance Murdock on July 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Right before the bombing, the terrorists ran out screaming “Allahu akbar!!!” “Our father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name,….:

portlandon on July 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I’m sorry… what were you saying again?

JohnGalt23 on July 22, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Is it true that this guy is Fjordman?

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Forget it! It’s a lie spread by Charles Johnson.

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Right before the bombing, the terrorists ran out screaming “Allahu akbar!!!” “Our father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name,….

Fader vår, du som er i himmelen la ditt navn holdes hellig…

Tc0061 on July 22, 2011 at 9:24 PM

So, a white Christian conservative. I hate him. What a worthless, evil turd and a stupid, stupid, stupid piece of sh!t. What was he thinking? That’s he’s going to advance his political goals with this sh!t? If it comes out that his motive was political and anti-left, it’s going to put back conservatism in Europe for the next 100 years. You won’t be able to express the most moderate conservative opinion without the liberal media reminding everyone of the consequences of “right wing extremism.” I mean, we all know the far right has another 50 million or so murders before they even begin to catch up with the horror wreaked upon humanity by the far left, but that’s irrelevant to a left wing media who would never print the words “left wing extremist” if their lives depended on it. Oh and the fight against Muslim extremists in Europe? Forget about it…from now on all resources and rhetoric will be diverted to the fight against right wing extremists, I mean conservatives. Go I hate this man.

Sharke on July 22, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Calm down. They will still fight extremists of every stripe and Islamicists are still going to be treated as the threat they are.

The worst thing to come out of this is that a lone guy managed to pull off a pretty professional demolition job. I hope this does not inspire other social misfits who burn with hate and think they can change the world with acts of heinous violence.

lexhamfox on July 22, 2011 at 9:26 PM

OK another web site says that his twitter was recently set up . I can’t imagine the reasoning of a Christian to kill innocent people without a motive. Sounds fishy to me.If he was able to do this by himself he is awfully “talented.”

sandee on July 22, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Why are we starting this? Is there any evidence that this act was inspired by Christianity? A muslim group has already claimed responsibility.

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2011 at 9:07 PM

You know that “we” are not starting anything, i.e. the inevitable “see, these Christian extremists are as bad as Muslims” BS that will flow freely from the liberal media over the next few days.

No, there is no evidence that this was inspired by Christianity. In fact it’s much more likely to be politically inspired. But there’s no point hiding from the fact that the left will pounce upon this as “evidence” that “Christians can be terrorists just like Muslims.”

And sure, a Muslim group has claimed responsibility. But this is almost guaranteed to be BS. They simply took the opportunity to use the incident to gain some free publicity. It’s not likely to be Al Qaeda, not when the shooter was a white, blond Norwegian who identifies himself as Christian and conservative on his Facebook page. Sure, anything’s possible, but it’s looking pretty bleak right now.

Sharke on July 22, 2011 at 10:19 PM

He also allegedly has a picture of George Bush. Seems his account was set up on July 17. No friends. Highly suspicious….

sandee on July 22, 2011 at 10:23 PM

BallisticBob on July 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM

By one person?

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM

How does he move around a wooded island and kill so many so quickly? I thought I read they captured him swimming- was he maybe the only one the kids saw in uniform, but there were others and they left him behind?

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 22, 2011 at 10:39 PM

How does he move around a wooded island and kill so many so quickly? I thought I read they captured him swimming- was he maybe the only one the kids saw in uniform, but there were others and they left him behind?

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 22, 2011 at 10:39 PM

He was dressed as a police , so maybe he got them to gather around him pretending he was there to inform them.

the_nile on July 22, 2011 at 10:55 PM

He was dressed as a police , so maybe he got them to gather around him pretending he was there to inform them.

the_nile on July 22, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Exactly.

BallisticBob on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 PM

With the huge number of casualties being reported, HA needs to update this story. Seriously, you guys are dropping the ball.

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Archduke Ferdinand and the Reichstag fire.

It will come out that he will have yelled Sieg Heil over Allah Akbar or Read the bill and tax enough already.

But the meme and narrative has been set but in the west it may not have the full impact as the debt celling is taking all the oxygen. In Europe and Norway will be a different story. Now is the time to the tray table in the upright position and hold put on, the ride will get rough.

tjexcite on July 22, 2011 at 11:31 PM

With the huge number of casualties being reported, HA needs to update this story. Seriously, you guys are dropping the ball.

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Agreed. This is the largest massacre by a lone gunman in history. More deaths than London & Madrid COMBINED. Definitely deserves more updates & coverage.

Norwegian on July 22, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Agreed. This is the largest massacre by a lone gunman in history. More deaths than London & Madrid COMBINED. Definitely deserves more updates & coverage.

Norwegian on July 22, 2011 at 11:33 PM

I must say I find their relative disinterest with this story very bizarre. It’s HUGE. And yet it hasn’t been updated since early this afternoon, despite other stories having been published since then. Why would Ed and Allah choose to leave it alone?

Sharke on July 22, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Anyone think that if this had happened in Israel it would get the same treatment as this?

BallisticBob on July 22, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Allah is on stay-cation.

Blake on July 22, 2011 at 11:50 PM

There is a bit of chatter about it on QOTD but no updates. The truth seems impossible. Those poor kids.

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2011 at 12:03 AM

I don’t care if he is a “right wing Christian.” Fry the bastard!

sandee on July 23, 2011 at 12:05 AM

There is a bit of chatter about it on QOTD but no updates. The truth seems impossible. Those poor kids.

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Timing is part of it. It’s 6am there now, more news should start coming out in the next couple of hours.

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2011 at 12:08 AM

My family and I vacationed in Norway 2 years ago, my brother was just there last month. Such a beautiful country with wonderful people. We’re all just horrified, and at a loss.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 23, 2011 at 12:12 AM

I don’t care if he is a “right wing Christian.” Fry the bastard!

sandee on July 23, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Not gonna happen. Not in the EU.

JohnGalt23 on July 23, 2011 at 12:12 AM

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2011 at 12:08 AM

I hadn’t thought about that. My 24/7 news mentality fails to take time change into consideration. These are the times when I am glad we aren’t as sophisticated at Europeans. I wonder if they would like to send him to Texas, Virginia or Florida? Rendition.

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2011 at 12:14 AM

How does he move around a wooded island and kill so many so quickly? I thought I read they captured him swimming- was he maybe the only one the kids saw in uniform, but there were others and they left him behind?

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 22, 2011 at 10:39 PM

It’s a tiny island. He had the element of surprise with the cop uniform. How many kids who didn’t see him attacking were later shot when they relaxed upon seeing a police officer nearby and thought that they were safe?

It’s not as if the kids could run away in all directions. Swimming takes longer than running and not everyone is a good distance swimmer. Plus, you’ve still got to come up and breath while you’re still well within range of the gunman on the island. And the water provides no other concealment or cover. So for many, your only option is to hide as best you can.

And with the earlier bombing(s) in Oslo, emergency and police responses are distracted. In a country like Norway with few police per capita, that helps to delay a quick armed response even more, giving the killer more time to leisurely continue his spree.

Even nearby cops or soldiers or civilians with hunting weapons still need time to get on a boat or chopper to get there.

To be honest, under these circumstances, I’m stunned that the casualty rate isn’t over several hundred. The biggest limiting factor may have been that he probably couldn’t carry enough ammunition to kill more.

LenSp1 on July 23, 2011 at 12:47 AM

A “right-wing extremist” with “anti-muslim” views goes on rampage alone and kill almost 100 people, distinctively NOT muslims?

Or was the Labour youth camp filled with the usual suspects of muslims activists?

This tragedy stinks to high heaven. It really does, and the press is absolutely disgusting – if it was a black guy involved no pictures would be printed or the word “black” would be uttered for days.

Now… if muslims can kill and rape with impunity all over the world and the left embraces them, this means that the left will become now more sympathetic to the “right-wing extremists”?

Rookie on July 23, 2011 at 1:24 AM

LenSp1 on July 23, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Surviors said they heard shots every 10 seconds for about 45 minutes. That’s at least 270 shots.

The Utøya island is about 30 acres. This photo is a good indication of size and possible hiding places. Distance from the main land is about 1 mile. The water in this large freshwater lake is both deep and cold.

I would not be surprised if the death toll rise. Many victims could be at the bottom of the lake or in hard to find find places on the island.

Norwegian on July 23, 2011 at 1:27 AM

Against very high odds, it looks as though the perpetrator of both bomb and shooting is a native Norwegian nationalist who with his actions has just ruined whatever anti-jihad momentum was building in Norway and Europe for that matter. He’s made the Left’s perpetual bogeyman poster to distract everyone from their own treason, “the extreme right wing” real. Even if there were links to Muslims these will be buried deeper than Obama’s transcripts. Even if he acted completely alone, the Norwegian has played right into the hands of Europe’s leftist traitors and their Muslim clients. Hello to redoubled multicult propaganda, goodbye to any defense of Norwegian culture. What a murderer and what a blasted fool.

Lon Chaney on July 23, 2011 at 1:39 AM

He is definitely a terrorist. And they are all kooks.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Very few of them are “kooks”.

Lon Chaney on July 23, 2011 at 1:52 AM

what a blasted fool.
Lon Chaney on July 23, 2011 at 1:39 AM

Maybe he was not, if this was staged by this demented freak and his friends in order to create the exact environment you described.

One white-right-wing-extremist going nuts at every 20 years or so is more than enough for the sexually-indefinite-transparent-colored-left-wing-extremists to balance the daily murders committed by the jihadis. It’s exactly what they needed, and they needed badly.

Rookie on July 23, 2011 at 1:57 AM

Maybe he was not, if this was staged by this demented freak and his friends in order to create the exact environment you described.

One white-right-wing-extremist going nuts at every 20 years or so is more than enough for the sexually-indefinite-transparent-colored-left-wing-extremists to balance the daily murders committed by the jihadis. It’s exactly what they needed, and they needed badly.

Rookie on July 23, 2011 at 1:57 AM

You should really stop there before you start to sound like the people who can’t accept that 9-11 was perpetrated by jihadis and say it was a Zionist plot to defame Islam. It insults the victims and people are still dying… mostly young people affiliated with Norway’s left wing party.

lexhamfox on July 23, 2011 at 2:24 AM

This horrid act of insanity took place in Norway? It is about 3AM in the morning Eastern Standard Time. I will wait until the dust clears before I begin to make any statements as to who is at the center of this ungodly act or why he or they did it. Whoever, did it deserves eternal damnation.

SC.Charlie on July 23, 2011 at 2:56 AM

ame pic as on the Twitter page:
http://twitter.com/#!/AndersBBreivik
Only entry there:
AndersBBreivik
“One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100 000 who have only interests.”
whatcat on July 22, 2011 at 7:20 PM

isn’t that weird, that he apparently opened a facebook page only a few days before the attacks…at least this is what I read in NYT…’A Facebook page matching his name and the photo given out by the police was set up just a few days ago. It listed his religion as Christian, politics as conservative. It said he enjoys hunting, the video games World of Warcraft and Modern Warfare 2, and books including Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and George Orwell’s “1984.”’..

this sounds more like mimicking a right wing extremist…it paints an almost too ‘by-the-book’ picture of a right-wing extremist to be true…

jimver on July 23, 2011 at 3:53 AM

now, ‘Atlas Shrugged’ is not in there…hence a connection to the Tea Party won’t be made…

jimver on July 23, 2011 at 4:23 AM

Agreed. This is the largest massacre by a lone gunman in history. More deaths than London & Madrid COMBINED. Definitely deserves more updates & coverage.

Norwegian on July 22, 2011 at 11:33 PM

No, Madrid was 191 dead.

the_nile on July 23, 2011 at 4:56 AM

By the way the media is “thrilled” in their reporting that it is a blond Norwegian.
sandee on July 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Ya mean like little Johnny Jihad Walker?
Ya mean like The Chechen Rebels from the Caucasus mountains?

Bonus Question for the JurNolist!!

The “Caucasus” is the root word for what race of people?
African?
Asian?
Caucasian?

DSchoen on July 23, 2011 at 5:01 AM

his sounds more like mimicking a right wing extremist…it paints an almost too ‘by-the-book’ picture of a right-wing extremist to be true…
jimver on July 23, 2011 at 3:53 AM

After viewing that clip on Bastoy Prison, what would qualify as a right-wing extremist in Norway?

DSchoen on July 23, 2011 at 5:06 AM

What type of “political camp” ?
The “type” would be a big clue ?

KyserS on July 23, 2011 at 5:35 AM

This morning’s headlines say “at least 91 dead.” Absolutely horrific. Just as with the Beslan massacre, the shock and horror of this evil leaves me truly at a loss for words.

Bugler on July 23, 2011 at 8:10 AM

You don’t usually see the success rate to this brutal magnitude with one person. That is so insane. What can you say that doesn’t seem to be repeated over and over.

tomas on July 23, 2011 at 8:21 AM

What type of “political camp” ?
The “type” would be a big clue ?

KyserS on July 23, 2011 at 5:35 AM

Labor Party.

Missy on July 23, 2011 at 8:46 AM

What a murderer and what a blasted fool.

Lon Chaney on July 23, 2011 at 1:39 AM

The facts are still coming in, and the dust has to settle.

However the kind of revealing statement you just made shows how small a platform the anti-Muslim crowd stands on. If you see some of the earlier comments, they seem to share the same stage as this guy, except of course, they are not vocalizing killing to advance the cause.

But the rhetoric has grave consequences, because others on this small platform just need the right bit of extra to spring into actual kill mode.

honest16 on July 23, 2011 at 8:54 AM

They guy was upset with mass immigration into Norway pushed by the multicultural left.

Blake on July 23, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Lon Chaney on July 23, 2011 at 1:52 AM

Yep, kook is far to benign a term for this monster. I don’t know if I can imagine a description befitting of this monster.

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2011 at 9:31 AM

They guy was upset with mass immigration into Norway pushed by the multicultural left.

Blake on July 23, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Well he isn’t going to win over anybody by murdering 80+ children. It’s sick and cowardly.

Lance Murdock on July 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Lance Murdock on July 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Lecture the obvious to him — not me.

Blake on July 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM

I see the left will try to pin this on Christianity. All I see written in the bible covering christianity is love they neighbor.

seven on July 23, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Further evidence that domestic politics might have been the motive was the target selection.

Domestic politics?
The attack came four days after the Norwegian Foreign Minister signed a deal with Abbas to allow the Palestinians to have an Ambassador to Norway. The day before the attack the same Foreign Minister was at the youth camp. Here is a picture of the kids in front of the Foreign Minister holding a sign saying “Boycott Israel”. The politics in Norway lately seems to concern international politics.
After the attacks, Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said the following:

“We’re a small country but a very proud country. No one can bomb us to be quiet. No one can shoot us to be quiet no one can ever scare us from being Norway.”

Who is he talking to? Is he really talking to a lone gunman? He is telling a lone gunman that he cannot bomb Norway into being quiet? Really? No one can bomb Norway into being quiet about what? The thing that Norway is talking the most about lately is supporting the Palestinians.
Please tell me who the Prime Minister is talking to.

dave742 on July 23, 2011 at 11:23 AM

I condemn the guy for being a mass murderer. However, I can not condemn him for his views that immigration was hurting his country.

dave742 is right. The progressive party over there is constantly trying to shut people up.

Blake on July 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM

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