I’ve been finding it hard to process this attack because of the extreme level of callous planning behind it, and because we holidayed there a few years ago and it strikes me harder than it otherwise would because I can imagine some of the lovely people I met there being caught up with relatives hurt or worse in these attacks. India Today has an outline/timeline of the facts known so far: the bomb in Oslo targeted a government building using the same homemade fertiliser-and-fuel explosive as the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma; while the authorities were dealing with the aftermath of the bombing, the accused is alleged to have gone to an island holiday camp where the Youth Wing of the national Labor Party was holding a summer leadership camp; he called the young people to him by pretending to be a policeman come to inform them about the bombing, and then opened fire with a machine gun to kill dozens immediately, and then hunted down those who fled over the next 90 minutes that it took the police to arrive; once the police arrived he surrendered having killed at least 82 people on that island, and at least 7 people in the bombing. There are still people missing from the bombing site in Oslo and from the island Utoeya.
He reportedly wrote a 1500 page manifesto beforehand, denouncing multiculturalism and Muslim immigration, but the police have not confirmed the existence of such a document.
Authorities have not given a motive for the attacks, but both were in areas connected to the Labor Party, which leads a coalition government.
Even police confessed to not knowing much about the suspect, but details trickled out about him all day: He had ties to a right-leaning political party, he posted on Christian fundamentalist websites, and he rented a farm where police found 9,000-11,000 pounds (4,000-5,000 kilograms) of fertilizer.
Police said the suspect is talking to them and has admitted to firing weapons on the island. It was not clear if he had confessed to anything else he is accused of.
“He has had a dialogue with the police the whole time, but he’s a very demanding suspect,” Sponheim said.
Earlier in the day, a farm supply store said they had alerted police that he bought six metric tons of fertilizer, which can be used in homemade bombs. That’s at least one metric ton more than was found at the farm, according to police.
Police and soldiers were searching for evidence and potential bombs at the farm south of Oslo on Saturday. Havard Nordhagen Olsen, a neighbor, told The Associated Press that Breivik moved in about one moth ago, just next to his house and said he seemed like “a regular guy.”
Olsen said he recognized his neighbor in the newspapers this morning and said he was in shock.
Meanwhile, Mazyar Keshvari, a spokesman for Norway’s Progress Party – which is conservative but within the political mainstream – said that the suspect was a paying member of the party’s youth wing from 1999 to 2004.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg called the tragedy peacetime Norway’s deadliest day.
“This is beyond comprehension. It’s a nightmare. It’s a nightmare for those who have been killed, for their mothers and fathers, family and friends,” Stoltenberg told reporters Saturday.
The shock and horror I’m feeling must be a pale shadow of what those in Norway are feeling. My thoughts are with them all.