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Remembering the victims of the Utoya massacre five years on

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Remembering the victims of the Utoya massacre five years on

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A remembrance service has been held on the island of Utoya, where 69 people were gunned down by Anders Behring Breivik five years ago.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Crown Prince Haakon and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who was Norway’s prime minister at the time, were among those who gathered.

Breivik unleashed his horrific rampage as the Labour Party’s youth wing were at a summer camp on Utoya island.

“Hundreds of youths were chased around on this little island. Many were injured for life, 69 never made it,” Mani Hussaini, Leader of the Labour Party Youth Wing, said at the service.

“The reason we are here today, should never have happened. Nobody should be killed for what they believe in. The loss and the sorrow is there all the time and for many, that is felt extra strong today.”

Breivik travelled to Utoya after setting off a bomb in Oslo, which killed eight people.

He is serving a 21 year sentence. In March this year he took the Norwegian authorities to court, accusing them of inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The court subsequently ruled that Norway had violated the mass killer’s human rights by keeping him in a “completely locked world.”

The Norwegian state has announced that it will appeal.

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