1:32am UK, Saturday July 23, 2011
A 32-year-old Norwegian suspect has been arrested after at least 17 people were killed in two attacks in Norway.
At least seven people died in Oslo after a huge car bomb exploded close to buildings which house the offices of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
A further 10 were killed when a man dressed as a police officer opened fire on the island of Utoya, near the capital, where a youth meeting of the ruling Labour Party was taking place.
The suspect being held in connection with both attacks has been named in media reports as Anders Behring Breivik.
An anonymous police official said the suspect was arrested in Utoya and appears to have acted alone in the attacks.
He added he did not think the attacks were “linked to any international terrorist organisations” but seemed to be the work of a “madman”.
Norway’s TV2 claimed the suspect has links to right-wing extremism, without disclosing its sources.
An eyewitness reported seeing between 25 and 30 bodies on the island.
Police have confirmed that 10 people were killed, but said that was a preliminary figure which they expected to rise.
Undetonated explosives were found on the island after police carried out a search.
Nobody can bomb us to be quiet. Nobody can shoot us to be quiet. Nobody can ever scare us from being Norway.
Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg
Around 600 people were believed to be taking part in the summer camp – most of whom were teenagers aged between 14 and 18.
The Prime Minister had been due to attend the event on Saturday.
Mr Stoltenberg said that Norway would gain strength from the attacks.
People were seen swimming away from the island in an attempt to escape
“We are a small country, but a very proud one,” he said.
“Nobody can bomb us to be quiet. Nobody can shoot us to be quiet. Nobody can ever scare us from being Norway.”
One Norwegian man was arrested after the incident – he was described as being tall and blond. Sky sources said he was shot and wounded during the arrest.
Undetonated explosives were found on Utoya island after a bomb hit Oslo
Police said they suspected the 32-year-old was linked to the bombing in Oslo because of descriptions they had been given.
Sky’s senior news correspondent Ian Woods is in Oslo and said that the island is only a 30-minute drive from the city.
He said that although police would not confirm whether other people were involved, it was possible the gunman had worked alone as there was a 90-minute gap between the two incidents.
The shooting took place on Utoya island – the site of a summer youth camp
Jorgen Benone was on the island and said he saw people being shot by the man – who appeared to have a rifle.
He said he saw people jumping into the water to try and save themselves, but he thought that “many lost their lives trying to escape”.
“I was terrified for my life – I thought of all the people I love,” he said.
The Mayor of Oslo, Fabian Stang, said he would not have believed Norway could be attacked.
He said he wished he could have been on Utoya island: “To stand in front of the young people and ask the gunman to shoot me instead.”
Norwegian journalist Kadafi Zanan said police had sealed off the area and were only letting families onto the island.
Mr Zanan said that people in boats were searching in the water for those who were still missing.
Norwegian police said they feared there could also be explosives on the island.
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Witnesses said the gunman might have had a pistol and an automatic weapon.
Police told people in the Norwegian capital to stay away from the city centre and asked them to only use mobile phones when necessary.
They also warned them to avoid large gatherings and to stay away from public buildings.
Borders out of Norway were closed within minutes of the attack.
At least seven people were killed in the bombing – with 10 seriously injured.
The explosion was outside the building that housed the offices of the Prime Minister, although he was not there at the time.
Mr Stoltenberg said that police had advised him not to give details of where he was when the bomb exploded.
The finance ministry and the offices of Norway’s biggest tabloid newspaper were also nearby.
Eyewitness accounts of Oslo explosion
Craig Barnes lives in Oslo and said that he was shocked at what happened.
“It is a very nice, safe place to live,” he said.
“Norwegians are very friendly and I think everyone gets on.
“I think this is going to change a lot of views now. There will be questions regarding safety.”
Norwegian police have reported there were ‘deaths and injuries’
British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was outraged by the attacks.
“I have offered Britain’s help, including through our close intelligence cooperation,” he said.
“We will work with Norway to hunt the murderers who did this and prevent any more innocent deaths.”
US President Barack Obama also offered his condolences.
He visited Oslo in 2009 to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and said he fondly recalled his welcome by the Norwegians.
“Our hearts go out to them and we will provide any support we can,” he said.
Anders Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old suspect in Friday’s attacks in Norway, held right-wing views, say police.
Police chief Sveinung Sponheim said his 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,” he told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
Mr Breivik appears to have created entries on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, though the accounts were set up just days ago on 17 July.
On the Facebook page attributed to him, he describes himself as a Christian and a conservative. The Facebook page is no longer available but it also listed interests such as body-building and freemasonry.
A Twitter account attributed to the suspect has also emerged but it only has one post, which is a quote from philosopher John Stuart Mill: “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests.”
In a post in Norwegian in an online forum on December 2009, a user named Anders Behring Breivik claims there is not one country where Muslims have peacefully lived with non-Muslims, stating that instead it has had “catastrophic consequences” for non-Muslims.
The gunman was described by witnesses who saw him on Utoeya island as tall and blond – and dressed in a police uniform. The image of him posted on Facebook depict a blond, blue-eyed man.
The Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang quoted a friend as saying that the suspect turned to right-wing extremism when in his late 20s.
He had no military background except for ordinary national service and no criminal record, it seems.
Mr Breivik is believed to have grown up in Oslo, and studied at the Oslo School of Management, which offers degrees and post-graduate courses.
He later appears to have moved out of the city and established Breivik Geofarm, a company Norwegian media is describing as a farming sole proprietorship set up to cultivate vegetables, melons, roots and tubers.
A supply company has come forward to say that it delivered six tonnes of fertiliser to this company in May – an ingredient used in bomb-making.
[Sun/Mars / Eris = North Node]
Anders Behring Breivik was born on February 13th, 1979 (time of birth unknown) in Oslo, Norway according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Behring_Breivik
February 13th, 1979
2 + 13 +1+9+7+9 = 41 = his life lesson = Mistreatment of children. Menace to society. Things get ugly.
February 13th, 1979
2 + 13 +2+0+1+1 = 19 = his personal year (from February 13th, 2011 to February 12th, 2012) = Sunshine is the best disinfectant.
19 year + 7 (July) = 26 = his personal month (from July 13th, 2011 to August 12th, 2011) = In the news. Photos.
26 month + 22 (22nd of the month on Friday July 22nd, 2011) = 48 = his personal day = Dark night of the soul.
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 27 to 36 are ruled by the sum of the 4th letter of the name and the month of birth.
Anders Behring Breivik February 13th, 1979
5 (e is the 5th letter of the alphabet) + 13 (born on the 13th of the month) = 18
So from ages twenty-seven to thirty-six he has the numbers 5, 13, and 18 going on.
5 = All over the place.
13 = Seventy-seven dead.
18 = Surreal. Deranged. Madman.
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