Sunday, July 22, 2012

Latest stories Norway Remembers Utoya Massacre Victims

Norway's prime minister and king have attended a wreath-laying ceremony and memorial service to mark the one-year anniversary of the bombing and shooting spree in which 77 people were killed.

Right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik has admitted setting off an explosion near a government building in the capital Oslo, claiming eight lives.

He also said he carried out the gun rampage on Utoya island where the ruling Labour Party's youth wing was hosting a summer camp. Some 69 people, many of them teenagers, were killed in the shootings.

In a ceremony at the blast site, prime minister Jens Stoltenberg said Breivik's aim of ending Norway's commitment to being an inclusive, multi-cultural society had not succeeded.

The leader said: "The bomb and the gun shots were meant to change Norway. The Norwegian people answered by embracing our values. The perpetrator lost. The people won."

Religious services, commemorative gatherings and a concert were among the events planned across the country to mark the anniversary. Read More