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    Oslo Explosion: 7 Dead as Pair of Blasts Rock Norway Government Buildings


    By BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , RICHARD ESPOSITO, LEE FERRAN and MARK SCHONE
    July 22, 2011

    At least seven people were killed in a pair of explosions apparently targeting Norway's government buildings in Oslo, police said today.

    The tangled wreckage of a vehicle was seen near the Norwegian government building that was targeted in the blast, officials said. It was not clear if the car was a bomb vehicle or near the site of a blast. At least one explosion was the result of a massive vehicle bomb, U.S. government sources on the scene said.

    Hours after the blasts, several media outlets reported shots were fired at a youth meeting on an island outside of Oslo. One man was arrested and police said at least 10 people were killed in that attack, though an eye witness reported seeing more than 20 bodies. Acting police chief Sveinung Sponheim told a Norwegian newspaper the man in custody is linked to both attacks.

    Norway's prime minister, Jen Stoltenberg, who has an office in a building hit by the blast, was uninjured and said in a statement the blast was "severe" and all available resources were being put into the rescue effort.

    President Obama said the incident was "a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring."

    Pictures, posted on Twitter, show several buildings with windows blown out. Multiple tweets described people bleeding in the streets.

    "It felt very big. It shook the whole building," Norwegian government official Anders Lande said of one explosion. "There was lots of glass. As I was evacuated, I saw several people injured."

    U.S. ambassador to Norway, Barry White, said the United States "condemns these despicable acts of terrorism." The American ambassador said the attack will serve as a kind of wake-up call to Norwegians who may have thought they were safe from terrorism.

    "I think what it's going to do, like 9/11 did in the United States, is make people more aware of the possibility of a terrorist attack," he said.

    White said all US embassy staff were safe and accounted for.

    A U.S. counter-terrorism official told ABC News there is no indication yet of motive or suspects. Intelligence sources are examining both Ansar al-Islam and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula for possible links to the attack.

    Earlier this month, a Norwegian prosecutor filed terrorism charges against an Iraqi-born cleric who had allegedly threatened the lives of Norwegian politicians. Mullah Krekar, the founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, said in a news conference in 2010 that if he was deported from Norway he would be killed and, therefore, Norwegian politicians deserved the same fate, according to an AP report. The Norwegian government had considered deporting Krekar because he was seen as a national security threat.

    Prior to the Iraq War, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell said Ansar al-Islam was the "sinister nexus between Iraq and the al Qaeda terrorist network."

    In July 2010, Norway arrested two alleged al Qaeda operatives who were allegedly plotting attacks similar to the attack planned by Najibullah Zazi on the New York City subway system. A third Norwegian resident was arrested in Germany in connection with the same alleged plot.

    In 2006, Norwegian authorities held three men linked to an alleged plot to attack the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Oslo. During the same year, two Norwegian publications reprinted a cartoon lampooning the prophet Mohammed that had original appeared in a Danish newspaper, leading to threats against Norway.

    Back in 2003, al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri, now the group's global leader, issued a threat against Norway because of its military role in Iraq. "O Muslims, take matters firmly against the embassies of America, England, Australia, and Norway and their interests, companies, and employees. … Do not allow the Americans, the British, the Australians, the Norwegians, and the other crusaders who killed your brothers in Iraq to live in your countries, enjoy their resources, and wreak havoc on them."

    The Taliban has also issued threats against all NATO countries.

    In 2009, the U.S. State Department said in a report that Norwegian authorities believed the probability of a terror attack there to be "low" and the public believe Norway "was not in danger of attack."

    ABC News' Matthew Mosk, Matthew Cole, Jim Sciutto, Martha Raddatz and Kirit Radia contributed to this report.

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    Ten Dead At Norway Youth Camp After Gunman Opens Fire


    By MARK SCHONE and JOSH HASKELL
    July 22, 2011

    A gunman dressed as a policeman opened fire at a summer youth camp on a Norwegian island near Oslo, according to media reports. A witness told Norwegian television of seeing 20 bodies on the shoreline of the island of Utoya, but a police spokesperson said ten people are confirmed dead.

    The shooting at a camp run by the Labour Party, the political party of Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, occurred just hours after explosions ripped through a government building holding Stoltenberg's office in the capital city of Oslo, killing seven and injuring more than a dozen.

    A suspect is under arrest, and police say they believe that he is also linked to the explosion in Oslo.

    Norwegian media reports say that the man arrested is of Nordic appearance. A local police spokesman confirmed to al Jazeera that the suspect is in custody, and that he had been dressed as a police officer and had said he was at the camp to provide security.

    Twenty ambulances and four ambulances were dispatched to the island to pick up the wounded. Some of the campers at the island jumped into the water to attempt to swim to safety.

    Stoltenberg was uninjured in the Oslo bombing. He was scheduled to visit the youth camp tomorrow.

    More than 500 people were attending the camp, and most campers were teenagers.


    Utoya Island

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    Prior to the Iraq War, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell said Ansar al-Islam was the "sinister nexus between Iraq and the al Qaeda terrorist network."
    Is that even pertinent?

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    At Least 80 Are Dead in Norway Shooting


    By ELISA MALA and J. DAVID GOODMAN

    OSLO — A lone political extremist bombed the government center here on Friday, killing 7 people, the police said, before heading to an island summer camp for young members of the governing Labor Party and killing at least 80 people.

    The police arrested a 32-year-old Norwegian man in connection with both attacks, the deadliest on Norwegian soil since World War II.

    The explosions in Oslo, from one or more bombs, turned the tidy Scandinavian capital into a scene reminiscent of terrorist attacks in Baghdad or Oklahoma City, panicking people and blowing out windows of several government buildings, including one housing the office of the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, who was unharmed.

    The state television broadcaster, citing the police, said seven people had been killed and at least 15 wounded in the explosions, which they said appeared to be an act of domestic terrorism.

    Even as the police locked down a large area of the city after the blasts, the suspect, dressed as a police officer, entered the youth camp on the island of Utoya, about 19 miles northwest of Oslo, a Norwegian security official said, and opened fire. “He said it was a routine check in connection with the terror attack in Oslo,” one witness told VG Nett, the Web site of a national newspaper.

    Of the at least 80 people killed on the island, some were as young as 16, the police said on national television early Saturday.

    Terrified youths jumped into the water to escape. “Kids have started to swim in a panic, and Utoya is far from the mainland,” said Bjorn Jarle Roberg-Larsen, a Labor Party member who spoke by phone with teenagers on the island, which has no bridge to the mainland. “Others are hiding. Those I spoke with don’t want to talk more. They’re scared to death.”

    Many could not flee in time.

    “He first shot people on the island,” a 15-year-old camper named Elise told The Associated Press. “Afterward he started shooting people in the water.”

    Most of the campers were teenagers but there were also adults on the island, who may have been among the victims.

    After the shooting the police seized a 32-year-old Norwegian man on the island, according to the police and Justice Minister Knut Storberget. He was later identified as Anders Behring Breivik and characterized by officials as a right-wing extremist, citing previous writings including on his Facebook page.

    The acting police chief, Sveinung Sponheim, said the suspect’s Internet postings “suggest that he has some political traits directed toward the right, and anti-Muslim views, but if that was a motivation for the actual act remains to be seen.”

    He said the suspect had also been seen in Oslo before the explosions. The police and other authorities declined to say what the suspect’s motivations might have been, but many speculated that the target was Mr. Stoltenberg’s liberal government.

    “The police have every reason to believe there is a connection between the explosions and what happened at Utoya,” the police said. They said they later recovered explosives on the island.

    Mr. Breivik had registered a farm-related business in Rena, in eastern Norway, which the authorities said allowed him to order a large quantity of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, an ingredient that can be used to make explosives. Authorities were investigating whether the chemical may have been used in the bombing.

    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.”

    There was also a Twitter account apparently belonging to Mr. Breivik. It had one item, posted last Sunday: “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests.”

    As the investigations continued, the police asked people to leave the center of Oslo, stay indoors and limit their cellphone use. They also said they would initiate border checks.

    The attacks bewildered a nation better known for its active diplomacy and peacekeeping missions than as a target for extremists.

    In Oslo, office workers and civil servants said that at least two blasts, which ripped through the cluster of modern office buildings around the central Einar Gerhardsen plaza, echoed across the city in quick succession around 3:20 p.m. local time. Giant clouds of light-colored smoke rose hundreds of feet as a fire burned in one of the damaged structures, a six-story office building that houses the Oil Ministry.

    The force of the explosions blew out nearly every window in the 17-story office building across the street from the Oil Ministry, and the streets on each side were strewn with glass and debris. The police combed through the debris in search of clues.

    Mr. Stoltenberg’s office is on the 16th floor in a towering rectangular block whose facade and lower floors were damaged. The Justice Ministry also has its offices in the building.

    Norwegian authorities said they believed that a number of tourists were in the central district at the time of the explosion, and that the toll would surely have been higher if not for the fact that many Norwegians were on vacation and many more had left their offices early for the weekend.

    “Luckily, it’s very empty,” said Stale Sandberg, who works in a government agency a few blocks down the street from the prime minister’s office.

    After the explosions, the city filled with an unfamiliar sense of vulnerability. “We heard two loud bangs and then we saw this yellow smoke coming from the government buildings,” said Jeppe Bucher, 18, who works on a ferry boat less than a mile from the bomb site. “There was construction around there, so we thought it was a building being torn down.”

    He added, “Of course I’m scared, because Norway is such a neutral country.”

    American counterterrorism officials cautioned that Norway’s own homegrown extremists, with unknown grievances, could be responsible for the attacks.

    Initial reports focused on the possibility of Islamic militants, in particular Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or Helpers of the Global Jihad, cited by some analysts as claiming responsibility for the attacks. American officials said the group was previously unknown and might not even exist.

    There was ample reason for concern that terrorists might be responsible. In 2004 and again in 2008, the No. 2 leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, who took over after the death of Osama bin Laden, threatened Norway because of its support of the American-led NATO military operation in Afghanistan.

    Norway has about 550 soldiers and three medevac helicopters in northern Afghanistan, a Norwegian defense official said. The government has indicated that it will continue to support the operations as long as the alliance needs partners on the ground.

    Terrorism specialists said that even if the authorities ultimately ruled out Islamic terrorism as the cause of Friday’s assaults, other kinds of groups or individuals were mimicking Al Qaeda’s brutality and multiple attacks.

    “If it does turn out to be someone with more political motivations, it shows these groups are learning from what they see from Al Qaeda,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation in Washington. “One lesson I take away from this is that attacks, especially in the West, are going to move to automatic weapons.”

    Muslim leaders in Norway swiftly condemned the attacks. “This is our homeland, this is my homeland,” said Mehtab Afsar, secretary general of the Islamic Council of Norway. “I condemn these attacks, and the Islamic Council of Norway condemns these attacks, whoever is behind them.”

    Elisa Mala reported from Oslo, and J. David Goodman from New York. Reporting was contributed by Souad Mekhennet, Ravi Somaiya and Matthew Saltmarsh from London; Katrin Bennhold from Paris; and Eric Schmitt from Washington.


    The suspect, Anders Behring Breivik


    © 2011 The New York Times Company





    Gunman's background puzzles police in Norway


    By KARL RITTER, Associated Press

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — The 32-year-old suspected of massacring at least 80 young people at a summer camp and setting off a bomb in downtown Oslo that killed at least seven is a mystery to investigators: a right-winger with anti-Muslim views but no known links to hardcore extremists.

    "He just came out of nowhere," a police official told The Associated Press.

    Public broadcaster NRK and several other Norwegian media identified the suspected attacker as Anders Behring Breivik, a blond and blue-eyed Norwegian who expressed right-wing and anti-Muslim views on the Internet.

    Norwegian news agency NTB said Breivik legally owned several firearms and belonged to a gun club. He ran an agricultural firm growing vegetables, an enterprise that could have helped him secure large amounts of fertilizer, a potential ingredient in bombs.

    But he didn't belong to any known factions in Norway's small and splintered extreme right movement, and had no criminal record except for some minor offenses, the police official told AP.

    "He hasn't been on our radar, which he would have been if was active in the neo-Nazi groups in Norway," he said. "But he still could be inspired by their ideology."

    He spoke on condition of anonymity because those details had not been officially released by police. He declined to name the suspect.

    Neo-Nazi groups carried out a series of murders and robberies in Scandinavia in the 1990s but have since kept a low profile.

    "They have a lack of leadership. We have pretty much control of those groups," the police official said.

    Breivik's registered address is at a four-story apartment building in western Oslo. A police car was parked outside the brick building early Saturday, with officers protecting the entrance.

    National police chief Sveinung Sponheim told public broadcaster NRK that the gunman's Internet postings "suggest that he has some political traits directed toward the right, and anti-Muslim views, but whether that was a motivation for the actual act remains to be seen."

    A Facebook page under Breivik's name was taken down late Friday. A Twitter account under his name had only one Tweet, on July 17, loosely citing English philosopher John Stuart Mill: "One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests."

    Police where interrogating the man, first at the scene of the shooting, and later at a police station in Oslo.

    "It's strange that he didn't kill himself, like the guys that have carried out school shootings," the police official told AP. "It's a good thing that he didn't because then we might get some answers pointing out his motivation."

    He said the attacks appeared to be the work of a lone madman, without links to any international terrorist networks. The attack "is probably more Norway's Oklahoma City than it is Norway's World Trade Center," he said referring to the 1995 attack on a federal building in Oklahoma City by domestic terrorists.

    Investigators said the Norwegian carried out both attacks — the blast at the prime minister's office in Oslo and the shooting spree at the left-wing Labor Party's youth camp — but didn't rule out that others were involved. But the police official said it wouldn't be impossible for one man to carry out the attacks on his own.

    "He's obviously cold as ice. But to get close to the government is easy. The streets are open in that area," he said.

    Associated Press writer Bjoern H. Amland in Oslo contributed to this report.

    Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press.

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    Anders Behring Breivik appears to be a big admirer of Dutch right-winger Geert Wilders and also a fan of a more local Moo Cow.

    This could make the NYPD think twice about how things will go down for this crew's plans near the WTC site on 9.11.2011

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    80 people! What wire is missing in someone's brain that they kill 80 people? My prayers go out to the families of the victims. @KenNYC, hope all your friends and loved ones are alright!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Front_Porch View Post
    80 people! What wire is missing in someone's brain that they kill 80 people? My prayers go out to the families of the victims. @KenNYC, hope all your friends and loved ones are alright!


    This nutjob systematically shot kids one by one for 1.5 hours straight because the authorities were too slow to get on the island to intervene
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    What's worse than a madman who carries out a bombing and shooting killing nearly 100 people?

    One with a 1,500 page political manifesto and a twelve minute Youtube video, hoping to inspire others to follow his example.

    Edit -- Youtube vid deleted.

    I won't help this man spread his message.
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    The manifesto, 2083 A European Declaration of Independence, is HERE [pdf] in full. Despite the photos of Breivik tacked on at the end, the opening shows the name "Andrew Berwick" followed by London 2011.

    Interesting to note that it includes this touching passage:


    I have watched, for the better part of a year, a number of decent human beings including, but not limited to, Pamela Geller ...


    It also includes 46 individual citations for Robert Spencer, Madame Geller's right hand rightist.

    As noted on THIS BLOG, this creation appears to be an attempt by someone to piggy back onto the Oslo tragedy.

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    ^ The police appear to believe it is his writing and his video --

    http://en.rian.ru/world/20110724/165356082.html

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    Anders Behring Breivik: Oslo, Norway Bombing 'Necessary'

    The Huffington Post
    July 23, 2011

    ... In his first comment via a lawyer since he was arrested, 32-year-old Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik expressed willingness to explain himself in court at a hearing likely to be held on Monday about extending protective custody.

    "He has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary," lawyer Geir Lippestad told independent TV2 news ...

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    I bet this guy can ramble on for hours, given his 1,500 page manifesto.

    Wonder if they'll let him speak and "explain himself"?

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