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Norway Mourns Attacks

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Norway is now in a state of mourning after the two terrorist attacks that killed at least 92 people on Friday. Host Linda Wertheimer speaks with reporter Teri Shultz about how the country is reacting to the events, and the latest on the search and rescue operation.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Norwegians are mourning the loss of nearly a hundred of their fellow citizens killed Friday in two terrorist attacks. Police have charged Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old Norwegian man in the attacks. They say he has admitted to the crimes. Friday's carnage began with a car bomb blast in downtown Oslo. Then the gunman went on a rampage, killing at least 85 people at a youth camp on an island to the northwest of the city. More than 90 more were wounded.

We'll take a closer look at Breivik's background and motivations in a few moments. But we begin with reporter Teri Schultz in Oslo.

The victims, Teri, are being remembered today. There was a memorial service at the cathedral?

TERI SCHULTZ: Yes, that's right Linda, a very, very somber memorial service at Oslo's main cathedral right downtown. It's just a couple of blocks, in fact, from where the government buildings were attacked by the bomb on Friday. It was very emotional. The prime minister, the king and queen went into the cathedral laying flowers as they entered - just trauma on their faces. Also, perhaps most poignantly, some of the young people who survived the attack on Utoya also attended.

The king was in tears. It was really a touching scene. The ceremony was called the Mass of Sadness and Hope. And people were trying to speak of hope. The prime minister gave a very emotional address about hoping and sticking together. But I can tell you that the scene was mostly one of sadness today.

WERTHEIMER: The island, Utoya, is a place where a Labor Party camp was attacked by this man. Are search operations still going on? Are they expecting to find more victims?

SCHULTZ: They are expecting to find more victims. At least what we know is that there are people still missing and unaccounted for and they are presumed to be in the water there. There are also bodies expected to still be recovered from the explosion scene. It's not known how many people are in there, but there are still some recovery efforts going on downtown too, just a few blocks from me.

WERTHEIMER: Mr. Breivik has been charged. What are police saying now about him and what he did, what they know about him?

SCHULTZ: Police actually say less than Mr. Breivik's lawyer himself says. And he has not only been charged with these two counts, he has confessed to them, according to his lawyer. He says that he was solely responsible for both of these attacks. And police aren't quite sure if that's true because there were reports from the island that another shooter may have been present. And what Mr. Breivik is saying is that he committed these two acts, he said for the good of the country.

He said, yes, he admits they were heinous but he had to do it. And he even said that he would be thanked by later generations.

WERTHEIMER: Teri, what happens next?

SCHULTZ: What happened next is that Mr. Breivik on Monday will have what's called a custody hearing. And he seems to be actually looking forward to this appearance, as sort of an audience for his ideas. I read that he was looking for it to be televised and hoping that even more people would be listening to him. So we should be hearing more in Mr. Breivik's own words tomorrow, on Monday.

WERTHEIMER: Teri Schultz, reporting from Oslo. Thank you very much.

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