Norway Massacre: Prime Minister Says Attacks a Catalyst for Increased Interest in Politics

on July 27 2011 10:18 AM
Norway Mourns
Signs of love for Utoeya island and Oslo are seen at a temporary memorial site where people pay their respects for the victims in last Friday's killing spree and bomb attack in Oslo July 26, 2011. Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik is in all likelihood "insane", his lawyer said after the anti-Islam radical admitted to bomb and shooting spree in Norway on Friday that killed 76 people. REUTERS

Norwegian police arrested 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist who rocked Norway in twin attacks Saturday. Breivik is responsible for Friday's bombing and youth camp massacre in Oslo, Norway.

The attacks left 91 dead. The suspect faces charges of terrorism and may face up to 21 years in jails, said a police report Saturday.

Breivik planted a bomb near Prime Minister's Office, killing seven people then arrived at Utoeya island, where he shot and killed at least 84 people. The tiny island was holding an annual camp for the Labor Party's youth. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said in a press conference, "youth paradise into a hell."

According to Reuters, Stoltenberg said, "What happened at Utoeya is a national tragedy. Not since World War II has our country seen a greater crime."

Stoltenberg said Wednesday that Norway will review police repose and security measures after mourning.

"Police organization and capacity will be part of an evaluation," he said in a news conference.

He also said that he will welcome debate on security and that he believed the July 22 attacks will act as a catalyst for increased interest in political activity in Norway.

 

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