It is said to be the worst and most cruel act on Norwegian soil since World War II. On Friday the 22nd of July, 2011, a 32-year old Norwegian attacked his own government with a very strong car-bomb and went on a shooting spree on a political youth camp outside Oslo, leaving a total death-toll of more than 90 human beings.
The bomb would have killed even more people if it had gone off an hour earlier. As people leave earlier on Fridays, most had left for the weekend, but still, 7 persons are killed, 2 seriously injured, and not a single window is unbroken in Goverment-buildings area of Oslo. Huge material damages were caused.
Casualties were even worse on Utøya, the island a 45-minute drive and a short boat-trip outside Oslo, were AUF, the Youths of the Labour Party of Norway had 700 young people gather for their yearly summer-camp. So far 85 of the young campers are reported dead, several casualties, and a handful are still missing.
First suspicions went to Al-Qaeda, but proved to be wrong. The somewhat intelligent terrorist, but absolutely crazy and lunatic in his acts, was caught by the Norwegian police special-force, the Delta group,approximately one and a half hours after the shooting started. In police declarations, and in talks with his defense lawyer on Saturday night (23.7.11), he has admitted the facts and that he is the one that did it all. In a later blog-article I’ll deal with the ideological motivations that the bastard, defining himself a Conservative and a Knight Templar, has published and spread around him on internet.
These terrorist acts have shaken Norway up physically and emotionally, with tremendous strength of solidarity being shown on social media and on city-squares and around the country, with every house that has a flag hoisting it halfway up. International messages of condolences and support have also warmed the nation now licking its wound, come together stronger than ever in its national community feeling, and asking itself: WHY?