Police arrested 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik of Oslo on the island of Utoya in connection with the deadly bombing and shooting. Investigators allege Mr. Breivik detonated the car bomb and then drove to Utoya and opened fire on teenagers attending a camp there organized by the ruling Norwegian Labor party.
Breivik remained in police custody and was expected to appear in court on Monday. Police have not detailed any motive yet for the two crimes and said they are offering grief counseling to survivors.
Though the bombing jolted Oslo, emotions are particularly raw over the camp shooting since many of the victims are believed to have been in their teens. Addressing the nation this morning, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who was due to visit the camp today, called the shooting spree a “nightmare.”
“I should have been at Utoya to meet these young people. Many of them are no longer alive,” he said. “For me, Utoya is the paradise of my youth that yesterday turned into hell.”
Many in Oslo echoed the prime minister’s sense of bewilderment and pain.
“It’s just unbelievable that such a thing can happen here in Norway,” says Tove-Anita Slyngstad as she stood by police tape cordoning off the site of the explosion. She lives just outside the capital. “The attack here in Oslo, maybe that could have be expected, but not what’s happened on the island. That’s just terrible.”
One of Ms. Sesay's friends was attending the camp but survived. She said the girl is now recovering in the psychiatry ward of a hospital. Ms. Bonful also had two friends attending the camp who survived, but says she has not spoken to them since the shooting.