Explosion rocks Oslo
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July 25, 2011
Latest (12:46pm ET)
Norway killer tells judge two more cells exist : Johan Ahlander and Aasa Christine Stoltz, Reuters
Police updates via BBC liveblog
- Investigation into Mr Breivik’s links to Poland still going on – Norwegian police.
- Nobody has been arrested in Poland with links to the Breivik case – Norwegian police.
- Police point out that Mr Breivik appeared to contradict himself, saying variously he had acted alone and had worked with two other “cells”.
- Police say today’s hearing was held in a closed court because they were “worried about giving out too much information”. “One of the reasons was that we thought that other people might be implicated.”
Reuters Picture of Anders Behring Breivik arriving at court.
TRANSLATED QUOTES FROM ANDERS BEHRING BREIVIK ON HIS MOTIVE, READ OUT BY JUDGE KIM HEGER (THIS INFORMATION HAS EMERGED IN POLICE INTERROGATION):
“The objective for the attacks was to hand people a powerful message. The accused wanted to cause the Labour party as much damage as possible, so that recruitment would be limited in the future.
“The operation was not about killing as many as possible, but to provide a significant signal that simply could not be misunderstood [because] as long as the Labour party maintains their ideological line of politics, whereby they deconstruct Norwegian culture and ‘mass-import’ Muslims, they must be held accountable for treason. One cannot allow one’s country to be colonised by Muslims.”
Reuters TV image of Anders Behring Breivik being transported to a hearing this morning. Full slideshow here.
The alleged Norway bomber/shooter Anders B. Breivik was in court this morning. Updates via Michelle Shephard of the Toronto Star
July 23, 2011
Latest (7:58pm ET)
His lawyer has also told Norway’s NRK television channel he made the confession, according to The Australian.
Reuters reports through shooting suspect’s lawyer, he believed his actions were ‘atrocious’ but ‘necessary'; He’s willing to explain himself in court.
YouTube has now pulled the alleged #Utøya shooter’s manifesto video citing violation of terms of service. Some are reposting it, one mirror is here but is likely to be pulled as well. Storyful has a copy here as well.
Here’s a Twitvid version via @alphaleah
Norweigan police verify the authenticity of the YouTube video posted below alleged to be posted by alledged Utøya shooter Anders B. Breivik according to Sky News senior correspondent Ian Woods.
Alleged manifesto of alleged Utøya shooter Anders B. Breivik, via @ketilbstensrud in the form of a Word doc seen here below:
Video for informational purposes only. It has not been established that this video is connected to the alledged Utøya shooter Anders B. Breivik, though he is featured at the end of the video. Images of him are shown from 12.02. via BerwickAndrew and Storyful. Our Reuters report on the video can be found here.
Norway death toll may rise to 98, police say : Gwladys Fouche, Reuters
VG Nett journalist Rune Thomas Ege reports on police press conference
BREAKING: update on that shopping centre being closed off in downtown Oslo: Police clarify that Stenersgata [right by ‘Oslo City’] was evacuated by special forces as a dramatic search for a wanted individual was carried out. It appears as if the search for that second gunman (who still is at large) is indeed in full motion, but it has not been confirmed by officials. Expect updates any time soon.
Photos of the youth group in Utøya before the massacre : Aufnorge Flickr
Photos of the car and more details at Dagbladet.no
July 22, 2011
Norway shooting suspect’s social media trail examined : Chris Taylor, Mashable
Analysis: Questions over far-right link in Norwegian attacks : William Maclean, Reuters
Norwegian police say at least 80 killed in shootings at Utøya. Police say killings are of “catastrophic dimensions”, may rise above 80
Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, PJ Crowley
The suspect in general terms is reported to be a white male of Norwegian descent with ties to anti-Muslim groups.
Our latest Reuters video on the Oslo bombing and shooting in Utoya
Follow @Reuters for breaking reports.
Washington Post has put together a great list of Twitter accounts to follow for Oslo updates.
Channel 4 news video of area, smoke and debris still fresh around the blast.
Reuters rough cut videos concerning the situation
Chaos in Oslo following blast
“Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or the Helpers of the Global Jihad, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to Will McCants, a terrorism analyst at C.N.A., a research institute that studies terrorism. The message said the attack was a response to Norwegian forces’ presence in Afghanistan and to unspecified insults to the Prophet Muhammad.”
Reuters spoke to a witness at Utoeya, northwest of Oslo, who relayed the following about the shooting incident: “Ive seen it with my own eyes, at least 20 dead people lying in the water.”
VG Nett Journalist Rune Thomas Ege
Brad Frenette, digital journalist and editor at Vancouver Sun
Kim Rathcke Jensen, China correspondent for Danish newspaper Berlingske
@BreakingNews co-founder Rodrigo Javier
Mick Hodgkin, Al Jazeera English TV
Radio NRJ GM Ketil B. Stensrud
(12:09 PM ET)
Four killed at Labour party youth meeting, according to Sky News
@BreakingNews co-founder Rodrigo Javier
A Norwegian government official told the AP that there are still people trapped in buildings near the bomb site, but didn’t elaborate further.
Here is our Reuters report on likely suspects for the attack.
The BBC has an excellent combination of live streaming video and text reports from Oslo here.
Reuters has a rough cut of video from the scene below:
(11:30 am ET)
Photos by Anthony Perritano, submitted to Reuters.com:
Sky News producer Tim Gatt
Video from bystander in Oslo via Stardestroyer65
Andreas Lunde at Demotix has a slideshow of images showing the devastation, be warned some images are graphic.
Here’s our Reuters report from Walter Gibbs and Alister Doyle : Blast rocks central Oslo, Norway PM’s office
Another view of the explosion’s aftermath from @gregersrygg
Images from an explosion in Oslo are streaming in via social media and local media in Norway:
Here’s one of the earliest images from @chaglen
Aftenposen.no has been covering the event from the moment it occured, posting some of the first images.