Friday 23 February 2018

Norway massacre victims remembered

People lay down flowers outside the cathedral in Oslo on the first anniversary of the bombing and shooting rampage in Norway (AP)
People lay down flowers outside the cathedral in Oslo on the first anniversary of the bombing and shooting rampage in Norway (AP)

Norway is commemorating the 77 victims of a bomb and gun massacre that shocked the peaceful nation one year ago.

Anders Behring Breivik, a 33-year-old far-right fanatic, has admitted to the attacks on July 22 last year - a bombing of the government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight, and a shooting rampage that left 69 dead at the left-wing Labour Party's youth camp on Utoya island.

In a wreath-laying ceremony at the bomb site, prime minister Jens Stoltenberg said Breivik had not succeeded in his declared goal of destroying Norway's commitment to being an inclusive, multicultural society.

Mr Stoltenberg 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."

Press Association

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