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Oslo – Reuters
On Thursday, Norway will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the murder of 77 people by anti-immigration extremist Anders Behring Breivik in the country’s worst violent incident since World War II..
Breivik detonated a car bomb outside the prime minister’s office in Oslo, killing eight, before driving to the island of Utoya and shooting 69 others at a Workers’ Party youth camp on July 22, 2011..
The memorial service began today with a memorial service outside what was once the prime minister’s office, which has been vacant since the attack amid disputes over reconstruction. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, survivors, relatives of the victims, politicians and the Crown Prince of Norway and his wife..
Outside the area, passers-by stopped to listen and hug as the names of the victims were called.
Solberg said in a speech on the site: «It hurts to think back to that dark July day ten years ago. Today we mourn together. Today we commemorate the seventy-seven who never came home».
Height: «The terror of July 22 was an attack on our democracy». Breivik, 42, is serving a 21-year sentence that could be extended indefinitely if he poses a continuing threat to society..
Controversy over the attacks has varied over the years. The survivors, who were mostly teenagers at the time, are now determined to confront the extremist ideology that motivated the attack..
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