Survivors of Norway’s Utoeya island shooting have described how a summer camp organised by the ruling Labour party turned into a “war zone”.
The teenagers said a lone gunman started shooting indiscriminately at groups of youths, killing at least 84 people.
“There was some guy who was acting as if he was a policeman and was shooting around,” said Dana Barzingi. “He had a bag with many weapons. Yeah, he had a lot of ammo.”
Barzingi described how he went to the aid of several victims: “I tried to save those I could but there were people I couldn’t (save),” he said.
16-year-old Kavitiraa Aravinthan explained how the gunman turned up and told everyone to gather together: “So they ran and he just shot (them). He was just like shooting everyone.”
Fellow camp attendee Hana Barzingi, 16, said there was mass confusion: “He came and then started to shoot and we all thought it was a joke.”
Other Norwegians reacted with horror to television images of the bodies of young men and women strewn around the island.
“I just saw people jumping into the water, about 50 people swimming towards the shore. People were crying, shaking, they were terrified,” said Anita Lien, 42, who lives a few hundred metres from Utoeya island.