97 have been injured and some are still missing. Global condemnation over the attacks. Norwegian attacker says he ‘acted alone.’ Posted ‘Manifesto’ plots European ‘civil war.’ Norwegian suspect in mass murders reportedly hated Muslims. Norway’s King Harald V and his wife Queen Sonja, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg attend memorial services.
OSLO – At least 93 people are dead in Norway after a huge explosion on Friday in the capital, Oslo, struck near the office of the prime minister and a gunman opened fire on youths at a camp outside the city. Police suspect the same man of carrying out both attacks.
Witnesses to the attack on the island say that the gunman was disguised as a police officer who called them together as if to speak to them.
Police officials say the arrested man, a 32-year-old Norwegian, is now cooperating with their investigation and wants to explain his motives for the killings. Anders Behring Breivik (photo) admitted to carrying out both attacks, which he described as “gruesome but necessary,” BBC reports.
Memorial services are being held across the country, including at the main Lutheran cathedral in Oslo. Norway’s King Harald V and his wife Queen Sonja attended the cathedral, along with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, laying single white flowers outside as they entered. Mr Stoltenberg told the mourners that the two days since the attacks took place felt like “an eternity – hours, days, and nights filled with shock and angst and crying”.
On Sunday, police were carrying out an armed raid on an address in eastern Oslo in connection with the attacks – though they gave no further details. In a press conference earlier, police chief Sveinung Sponheim said Mr Breivik “admitted to the facts of both the bombing and the shooting, although he’s not admitting criminal guilt”. Mr Sponheim confirmed that the maximum time Mr Breivik could face in prison under Norwegian law is 21 years. Police are using a mini-submarine to search for the missing bodies.
“He thought it was gruesome having to commit these acts, but in his head they were necessary,” Mr Breivik’s lawyer Geir Lippestad told Norwegian media. “He wanted a change in society and, from his perspective, he needed to force through a revolution,” Mr Lippestad said. “He wished to attack society and the structure of society.”
Manifesto details war plan
A rambling, 1,500-page manifesto purportedly written by the suspect in Friday’s bloody terror attacks in Norway lays out right-wing extremist views and vows that a “European civil war” will lead to the execution of “cultural Marxists” and the banishing of Muslims, CNN informs.
The document, which is part political diatribe, part confessional and part action plan, details Breivik’s background and his plans to commit Friday’s attacks. It also contains various photos of him.
“If you are concerned about the future of Western Europe you will definitely find the information both interesting and highly relevant,” the author writes, adding later that the work took him nine years to complete.
The document is titled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” a date that the author later explains is the year he believes an European civil war will end with the execution of cultural Marxists and the deportation of Muslims.
World leaders condemn norwegian attacks
In Washington the state department called the attacks a despicable act. President Barack Obama condemned the violence and offered US assistance, ABC reports.
In a statement British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was outraged, branding the attacks evil.
The attacks, described by NATO’s Secretary – General Anders Fogh – Rasmussen as “heinous”, drew condolences from Canada and Australia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “It is said that hatred was a motive. Hatred of others, hatred of those who look different, of the supposedly foreign – this hatred is our common enemy.”
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said: “An attack of this magnitude is not something one would expect in Norway, famously associated with peace at home and –peace-making abroad.”
Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called on people to renounce hatred in the face of the ‘deep sorrow’ felt over the terror attacks in Norway. The pope urged people to pray for the dead, the wounded and their loved ones as he spoke to pilgrims and tourists.
King Mihai sends message of condolences to King Harald
King Mihai sent, on Saturday, a message of condolences and sympathy to HM King Harald V, in relation to the terrorist attacks in Norway. “We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the unspeakable horrors which occurred in Norway. The tragedy is beyond belief!” is stated in the king’s letter, remitted to our editing office.
“The only consolation at this moment is the fact that, as you mentioned, your entire nation stands together.
Throughout the centuries, the people of Norway have done so much to defend, proudly and with dignity, their freedom and independence and I am persuaded they will stand, once more, shoulder to shoulder, through this tragedy (…) Our thoughts go out to you at this terrible time,” the letter of King Mihai I concludes.
MAE ‘firmly’ condemns the attack
The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) “firmly” condemned the attack in Oslo. “The Foreign Ministry firmly condemns the attack which took place this afternoon in the vicinity of the Oslo government building, resulting in the death and injuring of many. The Foreign Ministry pays its condolences to the bereaved families and wishes to express its heartfelt sympathy towards the Norwegian government and people at this difficult times, reiterating that the Kingdom of Norway is one of the main promoters of actions for peace throughout the world,” a release remitted by MAE reads. At the same time, the ministry stated that it had got in touch with the local authorities, via the Romanian Embassy in Oslo, to check whether there are any Romanian citizens among the victims.