• Norway edition
 
Ina, 22: 'I'm going to die now'
Ina Rangønes Libak meets Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon in March this year (File photo: Anette Karlsen/Scanpix)

Ina, 22: 'I'm going to die now'

Published: 16 May 2012 17:29 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 May 2012 17:29 GMT+02:00

Despite the horror of her experience, the secretary of the Labour Party’s youth wing lightened the mood in the courtroom with a voice and presence filled with enthusiasm and vitality.

The 22-year-old survivor told the court how Anders Behring Breivik’s shooting rampage had left her with injuries to her hands, jaw, chest and face.

“I remember the feeling of being hit. It didn’t hurt, but I felt it immediately all the same. I lost feeling in both my hands and thought at first they had been shot off,” she said.  

She spoke too of tasting a strange mixture of bullet and blood in her mouth after she was shot.

“I remember all the shots that hit me. First in the arms: ‘I can survive this’, I thought. Then in the jaw: ‘This is more serious’, I thought then. Then in the chest, and I thought: ‘I’ll die from this.’”

Somehow, though, she managed to run out of the building and begin her escape.

“I ran to the exit but noticed that I didn’t have control over my body and thought: ‘Now I’m going to die; this is what it’s like to die”.

Outside the building, she came to a halt.

“There was an awful lot of blood, and I tried to stop it. But the blood was everywhere, and if you’ve been shot that many times you just don’t have enough hands. And the hands weren’t working all that well anyway.

“I called out several times: ‘I’ve been shot; I’m going to die’. But when I looked at the situation around me I realized that I wasn’t the only one who had been shot, that this was a lot bigger than just me,” she told the court.

She was then carried from the scene by her friend Ole Martin Juul Slyngstadli, 18.

“I’ve never seen anyone run so fast or be so strong,” she said.

A small group of people then helped her hide in the woods, treating the badly wounded woman with bandages fashioned from their own clothes.  

Breivik passed the group one more time, but failed to look in their direction as he made his way towards the Pump House where he went on to kill 14 more people.  

“The first thing that comes into my head after hearing this witness’s testimony is ‘vitality’,” prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh told news agency NTB.  

“The fact that there was laughter in the court immediately felt a bit strange in light of what we were actually talking about. But I think she was so funny that there was nothing disrespectful about her.”

Breivik set off a car bomb in Oslo that left eight dead on July 22nd last year before shooting dead a further 69 mostly young people on Utøya.

NTB/The Local (news@thelocal.no)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Bed bugs in Norway make comeback
Photo: Bedbug Shutterstock

Bed bugs in Norway make comeback

Bed bugs that once nearly died out altogether in Norway are back more prevalent than ever, pest experts have warned. READ  

Komplett set to downsize in Norway over VAT hike
Ole Vinje, CEO of Komplett.no (left) debates government policy with MPs Olav Nils Sunde and Trygve Slagsvold Vedum. Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

Komplett set to downsize in Norway over VAT hike

Internet retailer Komplett.no is set to move most of their business operations from Norway to Sweden if the Norwegian government's proposal of raising the VAT limit on ecommerce transactions goes ahead. READ  

Norwegian Ebola victim cured
Silje Lehne Michalsen was cured of Ebola virus in Norway. Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB scanpix

Norwegian Ebola victim cured

A Norwegian woman who contracted the Ebola virus while working for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone was cured and released from an isolation unit Monday. READ  

Norway minister charged with violence to family

Norway minister charged with violence to family

A minister whose crimes include pulling his son by his ears and threatening his wife with a knife, has been charged with family violence in Norway, on Monday. READ  

Norwegian ski champ in freak soccer injury
Aksel Lund Svindal. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

Norwegian ski champ in freak soccer injury

Ski star Aksel Lund Svindal may miss the entire World Cup season after getting a serious injury while playing a game of football with his teammates at the weekend. READ  

40 yobs wreck girls' taco party in Norway

40 yobs wreck girls' taco party in Norway

40 Norwegian youths gatecrashed and caused havoc at a taco evening on Saturday organised by a group of teenage girls in south-east Norway. READ  

Average Statoil salary is 1 million kroner
Statoil headquarters in Stavanger, south-west Norway. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

Average Statoil salary is 1 million kroner

Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas giant, pay their staff an average annual wage of 1 million kroner ($153,000), the company revealed on Monday. READ  

Cremation back for the dead in Norway: study
Photo: Death and dolor Shutterstock

Cremation back for the dead in Norway: study

Norwegians are more than ever requestng to be cremated rather than buried after they die, with one in ten, asking for their ashes to be scattered in the Norwegian countryside, a study revealed on Friday. READ  

Thorhild Widvey: Norway's richest MP
Culture Minister Thorhild Widvey is Norway's richest MP. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Thorhild Widvey: Norway's richest MP

Culture Minister Thorhild Widvey has been officially declared Norway's richest MP after her personal fortune in 2013 totalled 3.4 million kroner (£510, 000), revealed the government on Friday. READ  

Kjell Inge Røkke tops Norway's Rich List
Norway's richest man Kjell Inge Røkke. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Kjell Inge Røkke tops Norway's Rich List

A list of Norway' highest taxed of 2013 was published by the government on Friday, showing businessman Kjell Inge Røkke and a 19-year-old are the top richest people in the country. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
International
Norway best country for older people
Society
Queen Sonja of Norway's nephew jailed
National
Ex-Norway PM set to become head of Nobel
National
Muslim centre wanted on site of Munch Museum
Seaman Oliver Gee with his first lobster
Lifestyle
How to catch the first lobster of the year
International
Norway to send military staff in fight against IS
National
Father warns Breivik 'more extreme than ever'
Society
Norway's Princess of the Paranormal under fire
National
Four-year-old Norway girl sleepwalks 4km
National
Photo: Baby cliff edge shocker in Norway
Travel
Cruise line offers Northern Lights promise
National
10-tonne shark found dead off Norway coast
Culture
Britney to visit Norway for lingerie launch
International
'If Snowden wins Nobel Prize, arrest him!': MP
Culture
VIDEO: Swim ace does 'Pool Rubik's Challenge'
National
Norwegian man in 7,000 litre 'Ice Truck Challenge'
Society
Norwegian brewery pulls 'fart-smelling' beer
Sport
Ødegaard: Norway's youngest player ever
Features
Meet Norway's raining kings of fashion
National
Miracle cat survives 20 gunshots in Norway
National
Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
National
Norway and Sweden mark 200 years of peace
Culture
Interview: Helene Meldahl, selfie artist
Society
Now serving ... Norway's smallest bar
Travel
Floating Northern Lights hotel planned in Norway
National
Circus camel escapes again
National
Swiss bus driver charged with careless driving in fatal Norway crash
Society
Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Norway
National
Norway lifts Segway ban
Culture
GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway
Society
Høie promises to reform sex change law
Education
Norway fjord invaded by monster jellyfish
Culture
VIDEO: Norwegian anti-Facebook film goes viral
Culture
Norway pop duo hits number 4 on US charts
Sport
Norway fan wins big on Suarez bite bet
National
Solberg 'most chatty' leader on Twitter
Culture
British Airways takes 'Slow TV' to the skies
International
Top Norway lawyers back Snowden Nobel
Society
Buy your own Viking warship for just €160,000
Politics
Norway PM beats Candy Crush level 300
Culture
Norway sticks with fårikål as national dish
International
Cold bathing craze leads to teen death
Society
Sweden threatens to 'annex' the ostehøvel
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

413
jobs available