Two attacks killed at least 92 people on Friday in Norway. At 3:20pm local time a bomb killed seven people in the government quarter in Oslo (photo, from aljazeera.net) and later a gunman opened fire at a youth summer camp in Utoya island, near the country’s capital.
Norway’s army is patrolling the streets of Oslo.
Meeting relatives of victims with the Norwegian king Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon, prime minister Jens Stoltenberg said : “We will do whatever we can to give them as much support as possible.” He also added that there could be more casualties.
“We will wait before we comment on the possible political motives for such attacks. We will do our best to bring those responsible to justice.
“We appreciate the very strong international support we have received. Countries have expressed the will to help with intelligence and how we can exchange information to assist us,” Mr Stoltenberg said.
He was not in his office at the time of the blast, but Norway’s PM said the bomb attack killed some members of the government.
He also said that “the police have just started the investigations, and one man is arrested.”
A 32-year-0ld Norwegian was arrested and is being questioned by the police in connection with the shooting incident and bombing. His apartment was searched overnight by the police.
Local media identified him as Anders Behring Breivik (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk).
According to the police he had been in the capital before the bombing and information found on the internet suggested that he was a “Christian fundamentalist”.
“We have no more information than… what has been found on [his] own websites, which is that it goes towards the right and that it is, so to speak, Christian fundamentalist,” said deputy police chief Roger Andresen.
The man who opened fire in Utoya is reported to have been armed with a handgun, an automatic weapon and a shotgun.
In the past agricultural fertilisers have been used to make explosives.
Mr Breivik, who is reported to have run a farming company, bought 6 tonnes of fertiliser last May, a farm supply firm told AFP news agency.
“We sold him six tonnes of fertiliser, which is a relatively standard order,” Oddny Estenstad told the AFP news agency.
Shot in the water
Investigators are now trying to find out whether the attacks were orchestrated by one man alone, or if others helped.
Local media report that police are investigating claims by witnesses that a second person was involved, apparently not disguised in a police uniform.
The summer camp had been organised by the governing Labour Party and the prime minister was supposed to go there a few hours after the attack took place.
According to eyewitnesses a tall, blond man dressed as a policeman opened fire indiscriminately.
NRK journalist Ole Torp told the BBC he went to the island dressed in a police uniform, asked people to gather round and then started shooting.
“He first shot people on the island. Afterwards he started shooting people in the water,” youth camp delegate Elise told the AP news agency.
Trying to escape the hail of bullets, people jumped into the water. Some of the teenagers were shot while swimming away.
Explosives were also found on the island, the police said.
On Friday the number of people killed on the island had been put at 10, but soared overnight, making it one of the world’s most deadly shooting spree.
And police warned that as rescue teams continue to search the waters around the island the death toll could rise.