July 22, 2011
Terror in Norway -
7 11 17 87 92 Dead & Counting!
UPD: Jihadi claims credit (Not so Fast)
UPD: Shooting, Bombing Related
UPD: Suspect is 32 yr old Norwegian-Anders Behring Breivik
UPD: Unexploded Bombs Found
UPD: 2nd Shoote
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Just saw a banner on MSNBC: Expect updates.
It remains unclear what caused the blast or if it was a terrorism attack. The Prime Minister was reported to be safe.
The cause of the blast was unknown but the tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building. Police and fire officials declined to comment on the cause.
Injured people were seen lying on the street in pools of blood.
The 17-storey building, which also houses Norway's biggest tabloid newspaper VG, was reported to be on fire, with thick black smoke being seen for miles.
Witnesses reported the massive blast blew out most windows in the building as well as nearby government departments including the oil ministry, in Norway’s capital and most populated city.
The blast, which occurred just after lunch on Friday, left at least a dozen people
"I see that some windows of the VG building and the government headquarters have been broken,” one witness told public radio NRK.
“Some people covered with blood are lying in the street.”
CNN: Is reporting that a second explosion took place after the first one, this is a hallmark of al-Qaeda attacks, multiple bombs set to kill and maim responders and onlookers from the first attack.
It can be heard here in this video at 9:21.
Live stream from the scene here.[no English translation]
[UPDATE by SH: Oslo explosion result of massive VBIED]
One person is reported dead and many injured at this time.
Michelle Malkin has much more here, including that Norway took action this week against a leader of Ansar al-Islam, a terrorist insurgent group in Iraq made up of former Baathists and Islamists. The group was once known as Ansar al-Sunnah and was responsible for many attacks, the murder of thousands if Iraqis as well as many snuff videos. To describe them as Kurdish is not untrue, its does operate in Kurdish areas, but it was active in the whole of the Sunni areas of north and central Iraq and was not exclusively Kurdish. And not the type of Kurd who from who we gained so much support, Describing them as Kurds is like describing Saddam as a "Kurd".
Also of note Ansar al-Islam was also allied with al-Qaeda umbrella group The Islamic State of Iraq which sought to unite all the Sunni insurgent groups under one flag until the death of its leader Abu Omar al-Bahgdadi and also AQI's last leader al-Masri.
More details. The targets were the Prime Minister’s office and an Oil Ministry building, which remains on fire.UPDATE by SH: This on twitter, trying to find link to confirm:
FYI: Yes, there is a militant Muslim presence in Oslo. See this.
Also: Norway’s Muslim rapist problem.
And this: Mullah Krekar claims Islam will win.
And this looks like a good excuse for a jihadi bombing, doesn’t it:A Norwegian prosecutor has filed terror charges against an Iraqi-born cleric for threatening Norwegian politicians with death if he’s deported from the Nordic country.
The indictment, obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, centers on statements that Mullah Krekar — the founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam — made to various media, including American network NBC.
Reported shootings now at #Utøya outside Oslo at the Labour party's youth camp.Wow, just wow...
Man identified himself as police, claimed routine inspection relation to Oslo bombing. Then opened fire
Shooting at childrens camp in #Utøya carried out by man shooting handgun dressed in police uniform
UPDATE by SH...again. Kjetil Vevle is live tweeting from the camp? area @kjetilvevle Need Google translate, in Norwegian: "We are well preserved, waiting for the situation, new 'shoots' n"[last tweet from this person, hope they are safe]
UPDATE by SH...again: FOX
DEVELOPING:A powerful bomb tore into the heart of Norway on Friday, killing at least two people and injuring 15 as it ripped open buildings including the prime minister's office. It was the deadliest bombing since World War II in Oslo, normally associated with the Nobel Peace Prize that is awarded there.Live updates at Telegraph
Elsewhere, a gunman dressed in a police uniform opened fire at a Labor Party youth camp at Utoya, an island outside Oslo, on Friday, shooting several youths, party spokesman Per Gunnar Dahl told The Associated Press. He said unconfirmed reports said five people were hit as panicked youth tried to escape the island swimming.
17.39 AFP is reporting that Jens Stoltenberg, the prime minister, had at one point been scheduled to attend the event on Utoya Island (the rally was for his Labour party), but he did not go for some reason.OMG. Image where the summer camp is located
17.33 People are reportedly phoning from Utoya saying they are benig shot at. Multiple ambulances being sent to the site. The alleged shooter was dressed as a police officer. He travelled on a boat to the island in the uniform and when he arrived he started shooting with a handgun, according to reports. Unconfirmed reports of four dead.
17.31 Andrew Ward, the Financial Times' correspondent in Stockholm has more in the attack on Utoya. The event was being attended by up to 700 youths aged 14-25 attending the camp. Eyewitnesses are hearing "many, many, many" gunshots.
Tweet from Mira Boneva: ""Based on what I've seen,the innermost 4 people are shot and killed.Now it's complete panic and we swim off to get to safety" #Utøya #Norway"
Police have arrested one person after the shooting in the AUF-camp on Utøya outside Oslo. More young people are shot[...]UPDATE by SH..again: PostChronicle
- It's a political summer camp held there, and with what has happened in Oslo today, it is reasonable to believe that there is a connection. There is a theory we now work out from, he says to NRK.no.
Police have not yet know how many were injured after they should have shot wildly around him. Witnesses told NRK that between five and to persons to be killed, but this is not confirmed.
So far, more than 20 ambulances and four air ambulances sent to Utøya. Ten of these were requisitioned from London just after the clock 19
- More weapons
A witness said that it was used both shotguns, handguns and automatic weapons.
Will McCants has reported that the Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami (Helpers of Global Jihad) are claiming responsibilty attacks. So why did they attack? McCants says that it was because of the occupation of Afghanistan and the insults to the Prophet Mohammed. The Telegraph reported that This information "has come from via Shmukh [alQaeda forum...ed]....Innocents have died, and for what? a F**king cartoon? Gawd
UPDATE by RS: The group has recanted on the forums. They say that they are praising the bombing and shooting, not claiming responsibility.
The same group similarly praised the Helskinki, Finland bombings in June.
UPDATE by RS: Fjordman reports at Gates of Vienna that, "The shooter at Utøya is consistently described as tall and very Nordic-looking." Convert?
UPDATE by RS: Meanwhile, Britain's Anjem Choudary naturally blames the victims:
Thanks to StarCMC.
UPDATE by RS: The latest reports are that seven are dead. It could be many more. Witnesses at the children's camp are claiming up to 30 shot.
UPDATE by RS: Just a couple of notes.
1) It was just this week that Norway FINALLY indicted the leader of the terrorist organization Ansar al-Islam, Mullah Krekar. Krekar has been holed up in Oslo for years and the government there has refused to extradite him to Iraq where he is wanted for inciting mass murder.
While the Muhammad cartoons are always first and foremost on everyone's mind, it should be remembered that Mullah Krekar is a big name in the underground jihad community.
2) There is a reason we've had a Terror: Scandinavia section at The Jawa Report for many years now. Those archives go back as far as 2006 and the oldest post is a terror threat against Norway. Scandinavia's liberal asylum laws mean that there are major Muslim communities, many of them rife with Islamists who sought asylum from secular tyrants. People like Mullah Krekar who is an avowed supporter of al Qaeda but who fled Iraq during the Saddam era.
UPDATE by RS: Death toll climbs to 11.
UPDATE by RS: The police claim the bombing and shooting were related. At least one man is in custody.
UPDATE by RS: An eye witness reports that he saw someone dressed up like a police officer get out of the car that would later explode. So, this means that the bomber and the shooter could be the same person.
It also seems like the suspect in question was Nordic. At least, that is the buzz at Leftwing and Muslim sites which are claiming the suspect's looks as evidence that this was a right-wing attack against the ruling Socialist party in Norway. Which would make this Norway's OKC bombing and not Norway's 9/11.
But I would caution them that Muslim isn't a race and Islamist extremists come in all colors.
And if the Emerson Begolly case teaches us anything it is that white supremest and supporter of jihad are not mutually exclusive categories.
UPDATE by RS: The shooter is definitely Norwegian, says the government at a press conference broadcast on CNN International. I'm watching it live here.
So, this is either Norway's 9/11 ... or it's Norway's OKC.
UPDATE: 17 dead and that number keeps rising.
UPDATE: ON CNN International the police in Norway now confirm that unexploded bombs have been found on Utoya island. The shooter wanted to kill more kids. Thank God that the bombs didn't go off.
UPDATE: Police confirming that he's a 32 year old Norwegian who speaks with an Oslo accent.
UPDATE by SH: Perp identified as Anders Behring Breivik
The 32-year-old Norwegian man arrested for gunning down children on the holiday island of Utoya has been named locally as Anders Behring Breivik.Update: We're just sitting here reading the Daily Mail's bio on the killer and quite frankly, we're not sure about the motive?
Described as 6ft tall and blond, he is reported to have arrived on the island of Utoya and opened fire after beckoning several young people over in his native Norwegian tongue.
Reports suggest he was also seen loitering around the site of the bomb blast in Oslo two hours before the island incident - and also before the capital's explosion.
The man's bio includes items such as he is a Christian, we can say that his FB and Twitter accounts appear to be brand new, within the last week. Only one tweet. There was some considerable effort on the FB profile though.
There is really no post history to check on those accounts in order to learn something about his motives. Only a profile to tell you whatever the killer wanted to present.
We've heard some chatter about his religion. As a Christian I have to say I condemn his actions in the strongest terms. In fact the only praise I've seen of the attacks were not by Christians. This is cold blooded murder and no true follower of Christ could do such a thing.
We pray for the victims, their families and for those who are injured to recover.
UPDATE by SH: Death toll tops 87. 7 at Oslo and 80 at the camp on Utoya island Remember, it's still early so we won't know exactly how many were murdered by this ba**ard.
I was reading some of his posts on Morgenbladet.no(sp?)[need google translate]. Don't see much of anything that would really stand out. Also, apparently he had another Facebook account and closed it before opening his current one. He only posted videos and only 2 days of posts-17th and 18th. The Facebook page is gone now and only his twitter remains.
Document.no[need Google translate] has posted all his comments due to their name showing up in so many news articles.
7/23 UPDATE by SH: The death toll at the camp has risen to 85 but police caution more could be in the lake. Police have sent divers in search of more bodies Also, the shooter/terrorist bought 6 tons of fertilizer. The amount was too large for one vehicle and police stated 2 burned out vehicles where found at the scene of the carnage.
The shooter/terrorist wants to explain why he did it. Yes, why did you do it [Christian[so called]/fundamentalist/nationalist arsehole? Jihadi are praising your actions, is that what you wanted? You are no better than Timothy McVeigh, al-Qaeda, Taliban, al-Shabaab, etc. He/they killed/kill innocents and so have you!
Our thoughts and prayers are with those that are suffering due to this animals actions.
UPDATE by SH: Witnesses at camp suggest second shooter involved
NTB is reporting Saturday that witnesses told police two people were involved in the shooting on Utoya island. The agency says police are looking into it. The agency says that the second man apparently wasn't disguised in police uniform...