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article imageMan kills 76 at youth meeting at Norway's Utoya Island

By KJ Mullins     Jul 22, 2011 in World
Teens fearing they were about to die swam for their lives and hid in the woods on Utoya Island In Norway after a gunman began to fire on a meeting of the youth wing of the Labour party this afternoon.
Just 90 minutes after a bomb exploded in Oslo, a lone gunman arrived at the resort island of Utoya, an hour away from Oslo. The man appeared to be a police officer until he opened fire on the crowd of 700 youths. There are no confirmed reports on how long the shooting took place at the island.
Youth were calling out from the scene on their cellphones, describing the terror to police and on Twitter.
Those on the mainland listened to the screams of the wounded as gunfire continued.
According to Norway police, as reported by BBC at least 80 have been killed on the resort island.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, spoke at a press conference about Friday's events:
Norway s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the nation.
Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the nation.
Norway's Government press conference
"No one will bomb us to silence. No one will shoot us to silence. No one will ever scare us away from being Norway," Stoltenberg said. "You will not destroy us. You will not destroy our democracy or our ideals for a better world. Attacking one of the most peaceful places, a political youth camp, is especially brutal – an act of cowardice," he said. The country's priority now, he added, was to "comfort and care for people who have lived through a nightmare which very few of us can imagine."
Anders Behring Breivik, 32, allegedly went on a shooting spree at a youth camp on Utoya island. He is accused of killing at least 80 people in the two attacks with the death toll expected to climb. Breivik is said to be a member of a right-wing extremist group. He has yet to be charged.
A Facebook profile that fits the suspect's description says that Breivik has a B.B.A. in the study of macro-finance and religion. He is the director of Breivik Geofarm, a small farm in Norway. It is being speculated the farm was a cover for a means to obtain fertilizer to be used in explosives. The facebook page has just been removed.
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