Norwegian Police arrested the man who is believed to have killed more than 76 people in two separate terrorist attacks in Norway. Police have identified him as Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old Norwegian national, who is described as a fundamentalist Christian with right-wing extremist and anti -Islamic views. Breivik, who had a gun permit for a Glock pistol and an automatic rifle, apparently lived with his mother in an apartment in west Oslo.
The attacks took place Friday afternoon , first a car bomb was detonated creating a massive explosion in front of several government buildings, including the Prime Minister’s office, in central Oslo killing at least eight people and injuring scores of others, police believe that Breivik then drove 20 miles, took a public ferry to the island of Utoeya and dressed as a policeman opened fire on people who were attending a youth holiday camp, killing 68. About 600 people, believed to be mostly teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 were attending the camp. The island of Utoeya is about 50 minutes northeast of Oslo, the camp is sponsored by the Labor Party, the ruling political party of Norway.
The Norwegian tabloid VG, reported that Breivik had served in the Norwegian army but had no other known connections to the military and that he had not come to the attention of the police, other than a minor traffic offense 10 years ago.
“We are not sure whether he was alone or had help,” a police official, Roger Andresen, said at a televised news conference.
The suspect apparently had no known links to the right-wing extremist scene.
“He just came out of nowhere,” a police officer, who did not want to be identified, told the Associated Press. “He hasn’t been on our radar, which he would have been if was active in the neo-Nazi groups in Norway. But he still could be inspired by their ideology.” “It’s strange that he didn’t kill himself, like the guys that have carried out school shootings,” the police officer said, adding that the fact that Breivik was alive meant the police “might get some answers” about his motivation. The officer described the man as “cold as ice.”
“This is the Norwegian equivalent to Timothy McVeigh,” the right-wing American who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, said Marcus Buck, a political scientist at the University of Tromso in northern Norway. “This is right-wing domestic terrorism, and the big question is to what extent Norwegian agencies have diverted their attention from what they knew decades ago was the biggest threat” to focus instead on Islamic militants.