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Norway united in mourning


A memorial service has been held in Oslo Cathedral to remember the dozens of people who died in Friday’s twin attacks. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was there. The majority of those killed were members of the youth movement of his governing Labour Party.

Stoltenberg was joined by Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja who seemed, like many, unable to contain their grief.

Norway has been shaken to the core. Addressing the congregation, the Prime Minister described his country as small, but proud – and said it would never abandon its values.

Passers-by have begun leaving flowers at the site of the huge bomb that devastated the official part of Oslo on Friday. At seven people are known to have died as a result of the blast.

But the majority of the slaughter happened on Utoya island. 600 people had gathered here for a Labour Party youth camp. At least 85 died when the killer embarked on a shooting spree.

Emergency workers remain at the scene but have warned they are now unlikely to find anyone else alive.

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