Breivik ‘whooped with joy’ on killing spree

Anders Behring Breivik whooped with joy as he shot dead dozens of people on his murderous killing spree last July, a witness told an Osloo court on Wednesday.

Breivik 'whooped with joy' on killing spree
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Tonje Brenna, secretary-general of the ruling Labour Party’s youth wing (AUF), said she could see the 33-year-old right-wing extremist holding his gun as he stood three to four metres above her hiding place on Utøya island.

“I am absolutely certain I heard cries of delight when his shots hit their intended targets. If I were to spell it out, it would maybe be: ‘woo-hoo’. They were obvious scenes of happiness,” the 24-year-old Brenna told the court.

Prosecutor Svein Holden pointed out that Breivik has denied this to be the case, but Brenna said she was sure of what she had heard as she lay playing dead on a rock near the so-called Lovers’ Path where many of her peers were killed.

Brenna described how she and two boys had led an estimated 20 youths down a cliff face. But the hideout did not protect all of its occupants, with Breivik returning several times to fire shots down at the group.

“There were mini-avalanches of rocks and soil as people fell down. One relatively big rock landed on my neck and I’m fairly sure this rock was hit,” she said, explaining how close she believes she came to being shot.

To help ward off the desperation and fear, she said the young people tried to encourage each other by saying things like: “We’ll be home in the warmth tomorrow watching the Saturday movie with our parents”.

Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the dual July 22nd terror attacks that left 77 people dead, 69 of them at a political summer camp on Utøya.

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 
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Only one in ten Norwegians plan to travel abroad this summer 

Around ten percent of people in Norway are planning to take a holiday abroad this summer, according to a survey carried out by tourism organisation NHO Reiseliv.

Seven out of ten respondents said they still plan to holiday in Norway this year, even if they receive a vaccination before the holidays start.

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Viken and Vestland are this year’s most popular travel destinations for Norwegians planning a “staycation”. Young people were the most likely to want to remain in Norway this summer. Just under half of those aged between 18 and 29 said they wished to stay in Norway this summer. 

Third of Utøya survivors have received abuse or threats

A third of Utøya survivors have been victims of hate speech or received threats, according to a new survey. 

Three-quarters of respondents said that the reason they received the abuse was linked directly to the Utøya terror attack, the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Studies (NKVTS) found. 

The massacre on Utøya was the second of two terror attacks carried out by Anders Breivik on July 22nd, 2011. Of the 69 people who died in the attack, 32 were under the age of 18. 

Fewer in Oslo willing to ditch cars 

A climate survey carried out by the city of Oslo has shown that fewer people than before are willing to cut back on using their cars. The proportion of those who think that Oslo city centre should be car-free has fallen to 45 percent from 52 percent last year. 

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When asked whether Oslo City Council had gone too far in removing cars from the city centre, almost half said that they believed that this was the case. 

“A change in the attitude around these measures may be due to more people feeling dependent on cars during the pandemic. There has been a lot of debate about measures that have been introduced or are planned to be introduced,” Heidi Sørensen, Director of the Climate Agency, told the Dagsavisen newspaper

Tighter Coronavirus measures in Trondheim 

Gyms, museums and swimming pools have been closed, and alcohol service in hospitality has been stopped in Trondheim. The new measures come barely a week after restrictions were last tightened. 

“We need to shut down most of Trondheim to get control. It is only days since we last tightened measures, but we are in a situation where we must take even stronger action,” Morten Wolden, the municipal director for Trondheim, told state broadcaster NRK.

Norway reports 292 new Covid-19 cases

On Monday, 292 new coronavirus infections were registered in Norway. This is a drop of 52 compared to the seven-day average of 344. 

In Oslo, 48 cases were recorded, an increase of two on the capital’s seven day average of 46. 

The R-number or reproduction rate in Norway is currently 1.0. This means that every ten people that are infected, will, on average, only infect another ten people, indicating that the infection level is stable. 

Total number of Covid-19 cases so far. Source: NIPH