Friday 23 February 2018

'Dad, someone is shooting' -- victim's last words

Elle Averns in Oslo

The father of one of the first victims of the Norway massacre to be named by police said his son was full of love for people and for the outdoors -- and the young man's last words to him were "Dad, someone is shooting."

Norwegian Police began releasing the names of those killed in last week's bomb blast and massacre, an announcement likely to bring new collective grief to an already reeling nation. Police named the first four of at least 76 people dead.

Although only names, ages and home towns were listed, it will likely bring another shock to friends and acquaintances just learning the names of the victims.

The first release listed three who were killed in a bomb blast in Oslo's government quarter and one dead after the rampage at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoeya island.

They were Gunnar Linaker (23), from Bardu in northern Norway, who was killed at the camp; and Oslo residents Tove Aashill Knutsen (56); Hanna M Orvik Endresen (61); and Kai Hauge (33).

Linaker's father said that Gunnar was "a calm, big teddy bear with lots of humour and lots of love."


His voice weak and trembling, Mr Linaker said he had been on the phone with his son concerning another matter when the shooting started.

"He said to me: 'Dad, dad, someone is shooting,' and then he hung up."

That was the last he heard from his son. Gunnar Linaker was among the wounded and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died on Saturday.

His 17-year-old sister also was at the camp, but somehow survived.

Ms Knutsen, a secretary at the union for electricians and IT workers, was on her way to a subway station when the bomb exploded, union head Hans Felix said. Normally Ms Knutsen would go to and from work on her bicycle, but she had left it at a repair shop.

"Tove was a happy girl who was well liked by us all, and it feels unreal that she is no longer with us," Mr Felix said in a statement.

Earlier, the national newspaper 'Dagbladet' posted the names and photos of 30 people it said were killed in the attacks or missing. Three victims did not appear to be ethnic Norwegians -- examples of the multi-ethnic Norway that the alleged bomber and gunman says he despised.

Among them was dreadlocked 19-year-old Ismail Haji Ahmed, who had recently appeared on the TV show 'Norway's Got Talent'. Another, reported as missing, was a 20-year-old native of Iraq, Jamil Rafal Yasin.

Irish Independent

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