- (Reuters/TV2 Norway via Reuters TV)
Norwegian police have charged a man Saturday, whom reports are describing as a “right-wing fundamentalist Christian”, in connection with the bombing in Oslo, and youth camp massacre on Friday that left 92 people dead.
The tragedy has shocked the world, and it is believed that the death toll will rise as the search for those unaccounted for continues.
Police have not yet specifically identified the man they have charged, but a number of media outlets have named him as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik. Reports have highlighted Facebook and Twitter accounts under that name that cited philosophers Machiavelli and Kant, and states: “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests.”
The atrocities are the worst Norway has seen since World War II, with at least 85 people confirmed dead from the Utoya Island shootings. The isolated island is situated nearly 20 miles northwest of Oslo, and was hosting about 600 campers. It appears that many had gathered in the camp’s assembly hall to be informed about the earlier bombings in Oslo.
Witnesses have also come forward telling that the alleged Christian fundamentalist wore a police uniform, which he used to deceive his victims.
Witness accounts explain that at one point the gunman persuaded several youths who were hiding to come out to him. Believing him to be a policeman there to save them the youths rushed out only to be gunned down by the merciless attacker.
Media reports are portraying Breivik as a “gun-loving” Norwegian native who had become angry and obsessed by multiculturalism and Muslim immigration.
Other reports have placed a second gunman on the island, although no official confirmation has been given on that information. Norwegian newspaper VG reported that one survivor has said he saw a second gunman holding a pistol and carrying a rifle. He describes this attacker as dressed in civilian clothing as opposed to Breivik’s police uniform.
“We are not sure whether he was alone or had help,” a police official, Roger Andresen, said at a televised news conference.
He added, “What we know is that he is right-wing and a Christian fundamentalist.”
Breivik has not been linked to any anti-jihadist groups, he added.
“As for right now, one man has been apprehended for this, that’s all I can say,” Andresen said.