Saturday, July 23, 2011
Norway’s orderly existence was shattered yesterday when Anders Behring Breivik, a Christian fundamentalist, with rightwing views, detonated a bomb in a government building in downtown Oslo killing at seven people.
He promptly traveled to nearby Utoya island and dressed in a police uniform, opened fire on a youth group of teenagers. At least 85 people, some as young as 16, were killed on the island. Dead bodies were seen floating in the water surrounding Utoya.
Altogether, at least 92 dead in the attacks, the deadliest on Norwegian soil since World War II.
On his Facebook page, Anders Behring Breivik described himself as a Christian and a conservative. He listed his interests as hunting, body building and freemasonry. His profile listed him as single. The Facebook profile has since been taken down. Police said Breivik posted on websites with Christian fundamentalist tendencies.
The Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang quoted a friend as saying that Breivik turned to rightwing extremism when in his late-20s. The newspaper also said that he participated in online forums expressing strong nationalistic, anti-immigrant views.
Editor Note: Unfortunately, the death toll in Norway has risen to 93.