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.”