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At least 80 people died when a gunman opened fire at an island youth camp in Norway, hours after a bomb attack on the capital, Oslo, police say.
Oslo police are questioning a 32-year-old Norwegian man in connection with both attacks.
The man was arrested on tiny Utoeya island outside Oslo, where police say he opened fire on teenagers.
Earlier, the number of dead from the Utoeya shooting spree, which is among the world’s most deadly, was put at 10.
The earlier bomb attack killed at least seven people. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, whose Oslo offices were among those badly hit by the blast, described the attacks as “bloody and cowardly”.
The shooter apparently impersonated a cop:
Hours after bomb blasts shattered the holiday calm of downtown Oslo, a man arrived at Utoya island, 50 kilometres from the Norwegian capital, by ferry.
He was wearing a police uniform and packing several weapons, including at least one submachine gun and possibly a rifle.
The stranger beckoned to some of the 550 young people attending a summer camp organized by the youth wing of the ruling Labour Party.
“Come here,” he said, claiming he was performing a routine security check after a bomb blast hours earlier in downtown Oslo killed at least seven people and injured many others.
Once a sizeable group had gathered, the man — who looked like a typical Norwegian, with blond hair and spoke with an eastern Norwegian accent — said this was just the beginning and opened fire.
The campers, aged 15 to 25, scattered in panic, many throwing themselves in the water in an attempt to escape the island, which had no bridge to the mainland. Others cowered in nearby buildings.
A 16-year-old named Emma said she thought at first it was just somebody fooling around, but after she saw two people shot dead she realized it was serious.
“Me and my boyfriend Erik, we ran to the sea and we hid ourselves in [a cave]. After a while … we heard the gunshots right from above us and we could actually smell the — what’s it called? — the gunpowder and we were so scared so we just waited till he went away,” she told the BBC.
Early indications – and they are very early indeed – are that the killer was a lone madman, not connected with any international terror organizations. The politics, if any, are unknown.