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Almost 100 Killed in Twin Attacks in Norway on Friday

Almost 100 Killed in Twin Attacks in Norway on Friday
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Every update about the attacks that occurred yesterday in Oslo and a nearby island, Utoya, only seems more horrific. At least 85 people, mostly teenagers and many from political families, were shot while attending a youth camp for the ruling Labour party. The search for at least four victims is still going on, as many ran into the water and drowned while trying to flee from the gunman, who continued to fire at them in the water. Police are also still searching in central Oslo for victims in the wreckage of government and other buildings; at least 7 were killed when these were bombed on Friday afternoon.

As of Friday evening, police in Norway have charged a 32-year-old Norwegian man who is said to be a right-wing fundamentalist Christian. Norwegian media have given his name as as Anders Behring Breivik and he is described as a “religious, gun-loving Norwegian obsessed with what he saw as the threat of multiculturalism and Muslim immigration to the cultural and patriotic values of his country,” according to the New York Times. It is not yet known if Breivik acted alone or if others were involved, say police who are currently questioning him under the country’s terrorism laws. Breivik is said to be cooperating with the investigation.

Police suspect that the bombing was a diversionary tactic. After it occurred, police put central Oslo on lockdown. Police said that there are still unexploded munitions in some downtown Oslo buildings and that they have also found undetonated explosives in a car found on Utoya. They are still searching to see if there are more explosives on the island.

[UPDATE, 9:15pm EST] The BBC reports that Breivik has admitted to the attacks and described his actions as “gruesome but necessary.” He is due to appear in court on Monday; according to his lawyer, Geir Lippestad, he had planned the attacks “for some while”:

Still pictures of him, wearing a wetsuit and carrying an automatic weapon, appeared in a 12-minute anti-Muslim video called Knights Templar 2083, which appeared briefly on YouTube.

A 1,500-page document written in English and said to be by Mr Breivik – posted under the pseudonym of Andrew Berwick -was also put online hours before the attacks, suggesting they had been years in the planning.

The document and the video repeatedly refer to the Knights Templar and to multiculturalism and Muslim immigration.

In the words of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Utoya was a “youth paradise”  that has been transformed into a “hell.”  Stoltenberg says that he had visited the island annually since 1974 and was  scheduled to speak there a few hours after the attacks occurred. He and King Harald V and Queen Sonja visited Sundervoll, a town near Utoya, to meet with victims and families on Saturday. The attacks are the worst to happen on Norwegian soil since World War II and with them, says Stoltenberg, Norway has lost its innocence.

The Norwegian news site NRK contains frequent updates and photos about the twin attacks. The attack on Utoya went on for 90 minutes, with the gunman appearing dressed as a police around 5:30pm and summoning those on the island — some 700 — to him. Witnesses recount that those who walked towards him were shot and that the gunman shot those already on the ground a second time, to make sure they were dead. Police arrived on the island — there is no bridge between it and Oslo — after 40 minutes and Breivik surrendered when they called to him. A timeline of the twin attacks can be found on the Guardian.

Lisa Marie Husby from Orkdal was chased by the gunsman; she and several others found refuge in a cabin, where they stayed for 2 1/2 hours, during which Breivik, who had an automatic rifle and a handgun, attempted to enter and fired his gun, but eventually left. A 15-year-old, Elise, also gives a terrifying eyewitness account; she describes hiding behind the same rock Breivik stood on and being able to hear him breathing.

The Norwegian flag was being flown at half-staff in commemoration of those killed and many Norwegians changed their Facebook profile photos to a Norwegian flag.

Under Norway’s liberal criminal sentencing policies, the gunman could be sentenced to only 21 years, which is the maximum sentence a criminal in Norway can receive, says the Guardian. Questions will also be asked about the liberal gun policies in Norway, a country where “shooting and hunting are major pastimes… and guns are easy to obtain.”

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5:50PM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Noted.

1:59AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

William Y wrote: "@ Lydia S. It is the same in that it is stereotyping. You are claiming that at all Muslims are terrorists which is an absurd statement. It it the same as saying all priests are pedophiles or that all blonds are idiots."

William, I never said "all muslims are terrorists" ... obviously, that is not true. What I DID say is that islam FUELS terrorism. That the koran calls on all "good" muslims to "WAGE JIHAD" against all non-muslims. That "terrorists" use these violent passages & the teachings of various mullahs, ayatollahs & imams to JUSTIFY attacks on non-muslims and even on each other. Various muslim sects persecute other muslims for following "unIslamic" teachings. The Ahmadiyya sect is one example, being mercilessly persecuted in Indonesia.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/112/stop-killing-ahmadiyya-innocent-people-in-indonesiaon-rel/


1:45AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Flannel D wrote: "ISLAM = EXTREMISM!"

"Um..
You don't realize that that's an extremist statement?

"Priests = Child molesters!"

That's another one."

UM ... NO! "Priests = Child Molesters" is a non-sequitur, since the PEDOPHILE PRIESTS ARE IN VIOLATION OF CHURCH DOCTRINE and secular law. Unlike in islamic countries, where pedophilia is permitted & even sanctioned by the example of mohamed and Aisha. Child marriages are the NORM!

Islam IS Extremism ... Because:

1) No other "religion" STONES women, as a matter of POLICY based on their RELIGIOUS LAWS, which are part of the STATE "JUSTICE" SYSTEM, CARRIED OUT BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

2) No other "religion" makes homosexuality a CRIME, PUNISHABLE BY DEATH ... Again, this is GOVERNMENT POLICY

3) No other "religion" makes it a CRIME, PUNISHABLE BY DEATH to convert to another religion

4) No other "religion" allows children to be married off to men MUCH OLDER than they are; the same "clergy" who marry them off, refuse to give them a divorce, based on sharia law!

I have signed many, MANY petitions, right here on Care2 on ALL of the above issues! Do I really need to post all the links?

Is there anyone here who believes that just these 4 items are NOT proof of the "EXTREMISM" inherent in islam & sharia!? What is wrong with you people?

1:10AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Pego R wrote: "Whenever we fall for extreme, intolerant viewpoints, we fail to serve ourselves, our own goals and each other."

Indeed Pego, islam IS extreme and intolerant, which is why ALL freedom-loving people MUST unite to DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS -- muslims & non-muslims alike!

Freedom-loving muslims are repressed & abused in their islamic countries. WOMEN ARE SYSTEMATICALLY DENIED EQUAL RIGHTS!

Those of us who are fortunate enough to live in free countries, HAVE A DUTY TO SPEAK FOR MUSLIMS WHO FACE DEATH FOR APOSTASY & BLASPHEMY FOR EVEN QUESTIONING THE "TENETS" OF THEIR "religion"!

GREAT video from a muslim: his views on islam & DENIAL OF FREEDOM TO MUSLIMS!

http://www.livestream.com/ideacity/video?clipId=flv_fd017d81-dc18-42cc-821a-18b86fdea840

Some info on muslim attacks on Ahmadiyya muslim sect.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2010/06/state_persecution_and_pakistans_ahmadi_sect

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLcNTI8u3Pw

6:52PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Jesus

2:13PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

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2:11PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Tepid drool....smokin!

10:46AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

@ Lydia S. It is the same in that it is stereotyping. You are claiming that at all Muslims are terrorists which is an absurd statement. It it the same as saying all priests are pedophiles or that all blonds are idiots.

9:59PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

"ISLAM = EXTREMISM!"

Um..
You don't realize that that's an extremist statement?

"Priests = Child molesters!"

That's another one.

2:02PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Lydia

Your extreemism is case in point

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