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    Default 84 dead in Norway youth camp rampage

    Quote Originally Posted by the BBC
    At least 84 people died when a gunman opened fire at an island youth camp in Norway, hours after a deadly bombing in the capital, Oslo, police say.
    Police have charged a 32-year-old Norwegian man over both attacks.
    The man dressed as a police officer was arrested on tiny Utoeya island after an hour-long shooting spree. The search for other possible victims continues.
    The Oslo bombing killed at least seven. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said the attacks were "like a nightmare".
    Mr Stoltenberg, whose offices were among those badly hit by the blast, described the attacks as a national tragedy.
    "Never since the Second World War has our country been hit by a crime on this scale," he told a news conference in Oslo.
    He added that he was due to have been on Utoeya - "a youth paradise turned into a hell" - a few hours after the attack took place. Many others were injured there as well as those who died.
    Mr Stoltenberg said civil servants were among the dead in Oslo and he knew some of those killed. "Beyond that I cannot give further details while the police carry out their investigation."
    He said it was too early too comment on a possible motive for the attacks. No group has said it carried them out.
    The suspect is reported by local media to have had links with right-wing extremists. He has been named as Anders Behring Breivik. Police searched his Oslo apartment overnight.
    The BBC's Richard Galpin, near the island, says that Norway has had problems with neo-Nazi groups in the past but the assumption was that such groups had been largely eliminated and did not pose a significant threat.
    Police say they are investigating whether the attacks were the work of one man or whether he had help.
    "At Utoeya, the water is still being searched for more victims," deputy police chief Roger Andresen told reporters.
    "We have no more information than... what has been found on [his] own websites, which is that it goes towards the right and that it is, so to speak, Christian fundamentalist."
    'Posed as policeman'
    Earlier, the number of dead from the island shooting spree, which is among the world's most deadly, was put at 10. Hundreds of young people were attending the summer camp organised by the ruling Labour Party on Utoeya island.
    Eyewitnesses described how a tall, blond man dressed as a policeman opened fire indiscriminately, prompting camp attendees to jump into the water to try and escape the hail of bullets. Some of the teenagers were shot at as they tried to swim to safety.
    Armed police were deployed to the island but details of the operation to capture the suspect remain unclear.
    Police say they discovered many more victims after searching the area around the island. They have warned the death toll may rise further as rescue teams continue to scour the waters around the island.
    The gunman is reported to have been armed with a handgun, an automatic weapon and a shotgun.
    "He travelled on the ferry boat from the mainland over to that little inland island posing as a police officer, saying he was there to do research in connection with the bomb blasts," NRK journalist Ole Torp told the BBC.
    "He asked people to gather round and then he started shooting, so these young people fled into the bushes and woods and some even swam off the island to get to safety."
    One 15-year-old eyewitness described how she saw what she thought was a police officer open fire.
    "He first shot people on the island. Afterward he started shooting people in the water," youth camp delegate Elise told Associated Press.
    Mr Stoltenberg had been due to visit the camp on Saturday. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store, who visited the camp on Thursday, praised those who were attending.
    "The country has no finer youth than young people who go for a summer camp doing politics, doing discussions, doing training, doing football, and then they experience this absolutely horrendous act of violence," he said.
    'Despicable violence'
    In Oslo, government officials urged people to stay at home and avoid central areas of the city.
    Shards of twisted metal, rubble and glass littered the streets of central Oslo left devastated by Friday's enormous explosion.
    Windows in the buildings of the government quarter were shattered and witnesses described how smoke filled the atmosphere around the blast site.
    There are also concerns that more victims may still be inside buildings hit by the initial massive explosion.
    Emergency services have had difficulty accessing these buildings amid concerns about further possible explosions as well as fears the blast may have left buildings unstable.

    This, in my opinion, is one of the most horrific terrorist atrocities since 9/11. Truly terrifying.

    Last edited by Trevor; 24-Jul-2011 at 02:20.

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    Horrible attack. I had the news on about the bombing when news about the shooting started to come in. We've had our share of lone loonies doing horrible acts in the Netherlands, nothing on this magnitude but it's a terrifying trend. I'm a lot more scared of alienated right wing nuts than I am of any muslim fundamentalist right now.

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    That is extremely sad. It had me fearing the safety of my life while I read this.

    (This is probably a bad time to listen to "wake me up when september ends"... which I'm doing)

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    Very insane... I saw this on all the news networks yesterday and today and I can't get over all that. My heart goes out to those in Norway.


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    All of those poor kids and the people that were bombed. It's just...incomprehensible.

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    this is a sad Tragedy, Although after the Explosion in Oslo, it did seem more political related than just a hatred against the people of Norway. Given the same person is the one responsible for the massacre, on an island with political significance and was an vulnerable to attack do the concentration of young people with hard to reach help, and little chance to escape.

    I'm interested in the guys mentality. It's one way to behave of placing bombs and running away. It's another to get up close and personally attack people with little chance of escape yourself. Most massacres like this are done people with poor view of themselves and hatred of people who they feel are superior to them. So they often remove them and themselves. Given this guy had strong neo-nazi, this is the other way around. Feels superior himself and a angst against those who aren't. So people like this, will always want to keep their freedoms more than others. Yet, got himself arrested?

    Anyway, I'm sure more details are to emerge over time. Especially some explaining from the person responsible. But we have to be careful, for we don't want to put him in a spot light so much that he'll be seen as a hero amongst like minded mad men. But I'm afraid we'll never be able to stop that. People have odd ways of justifying killing, and it doesn't help other people who wish to see examples of how to practice their own beliefs.

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    I was just shocked to hear that now the number is up to around 94 knowing that originally I heard there were only around 17 deaths. A very tragic event and my prayers are out there to the people of Norway. I also heard that although they caught the man involved in the attacks Norwegian law can only give him around 21 years in jail due to that being the max penalty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk7432 View Post
    I also heard that although they caught the man involved in the attacks Norwegian law can only give him around 21 years in jail due to that being the max penalty.
    Whomever came up with that was liekly the basis for this.

    He would server 0.214 years per person he killed if given the maximum. yay for justice!

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    Even worse, so many of the victims were young. I can't imagine how a person can do something like that except that he must be very sick. There isn't a place hot enough in hell for him.

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