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.” more >>
“One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100 000 who have only interests,” is the only post on the Twitter account of Anders Behring Breivik, the man who has been arrested as the possible culprit of Friday's bombing in Oslo, Norway, and for opening fire on a nearby youth camp. The tweet was inspired by a quote by the British philosopher John Stuart Mill.
So far, 92 deaths have been reported, 85 of which were from the youth camp rampage, but the total number may increase as the day wears on.
Breivik's Facebook page was taken down on Friday, but not before the media could glean some insight from it. The Atlantic reports that his favorite books are Franz Kafka's The Trial and George Orwell's Nineteen-Eighty-Four. His favorite television show is “Dexter,” which features a serial-killer as its main character. more >>
The unprecedented shooting spree and bomb blast that killed over 90 people in Norway Friday “shocked” and “saddened” the Norwegian General Secretary of the World Council of Churches who appealed for international solidarity and prayers from the worldwide church.
The Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, the general secretary of the WCC, was in Norway and had just left Oslo when he learned of a bomb ripping open buildings, including the prime minister’s office there, followed by fatal shooting of youth at a nearby island by a man dressed as a police officer.
“Attacking the core institutions of a democratic society and innocent youth gathered for a workshop to discuss political issues, leaves me shocked,” said Tveit, a Lutheran pastor. “Being close to these events, I am deeply saddened, realizing that this has happened in my beloved country, with its people, its leaders, and its institutions.” more >>
A number of explosions have hit government buildings in Oslo, Norway Friday, with seven people already confirmed dead and many others reported as seriously injured.
The explosions blew glass across the street and in the aftermath people could be seen sitting in the road with blood streaming down their faces.
The cause of the blast is not yet known, and reports are still contradictory about whether there was just a single blast, or whether that was followed by a second explosion. more >>