91 Dead in Norway Massacre; Heat Wave Claims Lives in U.S.
|Anders Behring Breivik, the suspected Norway killer.|
- The death toll from yesterday's horrific violence in Norway is now reported to be 91, mostly from the youth camp shootings on Utoya island. At the camp, at least 84 people died, some as young as 16. The bombing in Oslo killed 7 and injured 90. Norwegian police have arrested a man in connection with the attacks, 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, who appears to be be a right-wing, anti-immigration extremist; the attacks may have been politically motivated. Reuters calls the incident "deadliest attack by a lone gunman anywhere in modern times." Officials haven't ruled out the possibility that Breivik didn't act alone.
At the youth camp, which is organized by the country's ruling Labor party, most of the 700 people there were gathered after reports came in of the bombing in Oslo. It's at that point that Brevik, dressed as a police officer, came on the scene and opened fire, according to reports. Terrified people jumped into the water, where Brevik shot many of them. An elite police squad managed to apprehend Brevik; details of his capture have not been released. The search for victims and survivors on Utoya continues. [NYT, Reuters, CNN]