July 25, 2011 by USA Post
Utoeya Island, Norwegian police said they responded as quickly as possible to reports of gunfire on the island of Utoeya where Behring Anders Breivik went on a rampage that killed up to 86 youths. The first report of July 22 shooting was received at 5:27 pm by police in the district of Nordre Buskerud which is Utoeya and the gunman was arrested at 6:27 pm by the Emergency Response Team Oslo, two minutes after his arrival on the island, the spokesman Henning Holt said by telephone. Officials in Oslo against the consequences of a bomb attack in the capital-related shootings began island.
“I fully understand that for those who are caught in the crossfire, as well as their families the response time was very sorry,” said Police Chief Sissel Hammer Nordre Buskerud Police District said in a statement. “However, I ask understanding of the fact that the deployment of armed police personnel always takes time. The staff needs time to be equipped and armed, and transported to the scene.”
The twin attacks Oslo Utoeya and killed 93 people, most of the victims shot in the island, about 40 kilometers (28 miles) from the capital by car. The police will have to answer questions about the speed of their response to events in Utoeya, Dagbladet, a newspaper based in Oslo, he said.
The Emergency Response Team had already met in Oslo after the attack two hours earlier that killed seven people, and traveled to the island by car, because the only helicopter available to the police was not prepared for the task, Holt said. The Norwegian police do not usually carry firearms.
“Taking into account the equipment needed, it was easier, as they sat in their cars just to go straight there,” Holt said. Police helicopters in Norway is only used for monitoring and supervision, and “lacks the capacity to bring that helicopter personnel.”
Breivik the slaughter on the island lasted 90 minutes, during which he is accused of calling young people to come to him for police protection, before shooting them at close range. He wore a fake police uniform.
The police at first, the death toll to 93, said they revise downward the actual number because there was fewer deaths than were reported Utoeya shots. Breivik has to appear in court today in Oslo.
Of the 97 individual injured in the attacks, 67 were on the island the shootings, as head of the Oslo police Sveinung Sponheim said at a news conference yesterday.
The attacks in the country hosting the Nobel Peace were the deadliest in Europe since about 350 people were massacred in a school in Beslan, Russia in 2004.
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