Police seek survivors of Norway killing spree

SUNDVOLLEN, Norway, (Reuters) – Norwegian police  searched for more victims today after a suspected  right-wing zealot killed at least 92 people in a shooting spree  and bomb attack that have traumatised a once-placid country.
The 32-year-old Norwegian named Anders Behring Breivik was  arrested after Friday’s massacre of young people on a tiny  forested holiday island that was hosting the annual summer camp  for the youth wing of Norway’s ruling Labour party.
Breivik was also charged with the bombing of Oslo’s  government district that killed seven people hours earlier.
Witnesses said the gunman, wearing a police uniform, went on  a prolonged shooting orgy on Utoeya island northwest of Oslo,  picking off his prey unchallenged as youngsters scattered in  panic or jumped in the lake to swim for the mainland.
“I just saw people jumping into the water, about 50 people  swimming towards the shore. People were crying, shaking, they  were terrified,” said Anita Lien, 42, who lives by Tyrifjord  lake, a few hundred metres (yards) from Utoeya.
“They were so young, between 14 and 19 years old.”
Police put the death toll at 85, but did not say how many  people had been wounded in the shooting.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, capturing the shock this  normally quiet nation of 4.8 million is experiencing, said: “A  paradise island has been transformed into a hell.”
Deputy Police Chief Roger Andresen would not speculate on  the motives for what was believed to be the deadliest attack by  a lone gunman anywhere in modern times.
Police combed the island and the lake, even using a  mini-submarine to search the water, police inspector Bjoerne  Erik Sem-Jacobsen told Reuters. “We don’t know how many people  were on the island, therefore we have to search further.”
They were also checking media reports that some witnesses  believed Breivik had an accomplice. “There are no concrete  reports of a second gunman, although we’re not excluding any  possibilities,” said Oslo police spokeswoman Trine Dyngeland.
The suspect, tall and blond, owned an organic farming  company called Breivik Geofarm, which a supply firm said he had  used to buy fertiliser — possibly to make the Oslo bomb.
“These are goods that were delivered on May 4,” Oddny  Estenstad, a spokeswoman at farm supply chain Felleskjoepet  Agri, told Reuters. “It was 6 tonnes of fertiliser, which is a  small, normal order for a standard agricultural producer.”
It was not clear if Breivik, a gun club member according to  local media, had more than one weapon or whether he had stocked  ammunition on Utoeya, where police found explosives.
Initial speculation after the Oslo blast had focused on  Islamist militant groups, but it appears that only Breivik —  and perhaps unidentified associates — was involved.      Officials pointed to Breivik’s far-right views.
“I think it’s appropriate to underline that politically  motivated violence that Norway has seen in the modern age has  come from the extreme rightist side,” Foreign Minister Jonas  Gahr Stoere said.
Home-grown anti-government militants have struck elsewhere  in the past, notably in the United States, where Timothy McVeigh  killed 168 people with a truck bomb in Oklahoma City in 1995.

FACEBOOK PAGE
Breivik’s Facebook page was blocked, but a cached version  describes a conservative Christian from Oslo.
The profile veers between references to lofty political  philosophers and gory popular films, television shows and video  games. The Facebook account appears to have been set up on July  17. The site lists no “friends” or social connections.
The profile lists interests including hunting, political and  stock analysis, with tastes in music ranging from classical to  trance, a hypnotic form of dance music.
Breivik had also set up a Twitter account recently, with a  single post on July 17, a citation from 19th century thinker  John Stuart Mill: “One person with a belief is equal to the  force of 100,000 who have only interests.”
The Norwegian daily Verdens Gang quoted a friend as saying  Breivik became a right-wing extremist in his late 20s. It said  he expressed strong nationalistic views in online debates and  had been a strong opponent of multi-culturalism.
 

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