Ina, 22: ‘I’m going to die now’

After she was shot several times at the café on Utøya island, 22-year-old Ina Rangønes Libak told the Oslo district court on Wednesday how she was sure she was going to die.

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)

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.

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Norway mosque shooter ‘has admitted the facts’: Police

A Norwegian man suspected of killing his step sister and opening fire in a mosque near Oslo last weekend, has admitted to the crimes though he has not officially entered a plea, police said on Friday.

Norway mosque shooter 'has admitted the facts': Police
Philip Manshaus appears in court on August 12. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Philip Manshaus, 21, was remanded in custody Monday, suspected of murder and a “terrorist act” that police say he filmed himself committing.
Answering police questions on Friday, “the suspect admits the facts but has not taken a formal position as to the charges,” Oslo police official Pal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby said in a statement.
Manshaus is suspected of murdering his 17-year-old step sister Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, before entering the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb and opening fire before he was overpowered by a 65-year-old man.
Just three worshippers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious injuries.
Manshaus appeared in court this week with two black eyes and scrapes and bruises to his face, neck and hands.
Police have said he has “extreme right views” and “xenophobic positions” and that he had filmed the mosque attack with a camera mounted on a helmet. He had initially denied the accusations.
The incident came amid a rise in white supremacy attacks around the world, including the recent El Paso massacre in the United States.
Norway witnessed one of the worst-ever attacks by a rightwing extremist in July 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik, who said he feared a “Muslim invasion”, killed 77 people in a truck bomb blast near government offices in Oslo and a shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utøya.