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Norway slaughter – 90 dead, mainly children. Christian fundamentalist arrested

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anders-behringTHIS is the face of the man arrested after 90 people were shot dead at an island youth camp in Norway, hours after a deadly bombing in the capital, Oslo.

Officers say the gunman took more than an hour to shoot and kill scores of children on the tiny Utoeya island.

It is one of the worst killings in history and the search for other possible victims continues.

Police have charged 32-year-old Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik over both attacks.

He is believed to have links to right-wing Christian fundamentalist groups and had viewed fundamentalist websites shortly before the attacks.

The earlier Oslo bombing killed at least seven. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said the attacks were "like a nightmare".

Mr Stoltenberg, whose offices were among those badly hit by the blast, described the attacks as a national tragedy and said civil servants were among the dead in Oslo.

"Never since the Second World War has our country been hit by a crime on this scale," he told a news conference in Oslo.

He added that he was due to have been on Utoeya - "a youth paradise turned into a hell" - a few hours after the attacks began. Many others were injured there as well as those who died.
 
Mr Stoltenberg said he knew some of the dead in the Oslo attack. "Beyond that I cannot give further details while the police carry out their investigation."

The gunman was described as 6ft tall and blond, he is reported to have arrived on the island of Utoyadressed as a policeman 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.

By Saturday morning the authorities said 91 people were killed - in Oslo and on Utoya Island, 50 miles north of the capital.

Norwegian police said at least 84 were killed at Utoya alone and described the killings as of 'catastrophic dimensions' and 'the work of a madman'.

It took investigators several hours to begin to realise the full scope of Friday's massacre, which followed an explosion in nearby Oslo that killed seven and that police say was set off by the same suspect.

The mass shootings are among the worst in history. With the blast outside the prime minister's office, they formed the deadliest day of terror in Western Europe since the 2004 Madrid train bombings killed 191.

A police official said the suspect appears to have acted alone in both attacks, and that 'it seems like that this is not linked to any international terrorist organizations at all.
'This seems like a madman's work.'

The Oslo bomb blast was outside a government office, while the island of Utoya is reportedly owned by the Norwegian Labour Party.

Teenagers on the Norwegian holiday island of Utoya had to 'swim for their lives' and hide in trees when the gunman fired indiscriminately at them.

Around 700 had gathered on the island for a meeting of the youth wing of the ruling Labour party.

Witnesses said the man in police uniform who opened fire beckoned several young people over before shooting at them. He told them to 'come here'.


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