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Shock and tears reverberate through Norway

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Shock and tears reverberate through Norway


Passers-by have gathered to pay their respects in the centre of the Norwegian capital. Oslo’s name will now be added to those of New York, London, Madrid, Mumbai and Oklahoma City on the list of places to have endured an unimaginable atrocity.

It is too early to get any perspective on what has happened – but it is not too early for shock and tears.

Norway is a famously peaceful nation, but now the army is on the streets – which are otherwise deserted.

At least seven people died when a massive bomb was detonated near government buildings yesterday.

Police have charged this man in connection with the Oslo bomb and also a shooting spree on a holiday island nearby.

Local media have identified him as 32-year-old ethnic Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik.

At least 85 people died when a gunman invaded a youth camp run by Norway’s governing Labour Party on Utoya island.

Disguised as a police officer, the gunman is said to have beckoned many of his victims over, shooting them when they approached.

Others hid in the trees or tried to swim away.

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