Tragedy in Norway

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In the “worst atrocity” Norway has seen since World War II, over 90 people were killed in acts of violence on Friday. An explosion rocked Oslo, killing 7 people and injuring scores more. While emergency personnel were busy searching for survivors, a gunman dressed as a police officer opened fire on participants at a youth camp. So far, the death toll at the camp is 85 and could climb higher.

A suspect is in custody – 32 year-old Anders Behring Breivik, owner of an organic farming company. Earlier this year, he purchased six tons of fertilizer from a Norwegian agricultural co-op. An employee of the company called police after the downtown explosion, knowing that the material could be used in bomb-making.

Early reports are that the attack may have been politically motivated and it is thought that Breivik might be a right-wing Christian fundamentalist. He currently faces charges of terrorism, which carry a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison. He was arrested without incident and has made it clear he wants to “explain himself.”

CNN, Fox, BBC, MSNBC, Reuters

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One Response to “Tragedy in Norway”

  1. rmwarnick Says:

    It’s possible to ban the sale of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, but then the right-wing would cry tears about “big government.”

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