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Tragedy in Norway

July 23, 2011

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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