In Oslo, Muslims have been reacting to the twin attacks and the claims that they were mounted to, “save Europe from Muslim invasion.”
Anders Breivik, who has admitted the killings, declared he was on a self-appointed mission to save Europe from what he saw as the threats of Islam.
Mohammad Tayyib, the Imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Norway, where there are an estimated 500,000 Muslims, believes the attacks do not reflect the views of Norwegian society.
“We feel that there are some thinking individuals who are against the immigrants and especially Muslims. But it is not, it is not the thinking of society. It is the thinking of an individual,” he said.
Norway has been united in its grief and on the streets of Olso, Muslims voiced their revulsion at the twin attacks. One, Soviba Hassain said: “It is horrifying. I cannot even describe it in words. It is really horrifying that he killed so many young people because he hates us.”