Norway Begins Funerals Of Massacre Victims


OSLO, Norway, July 29 (UPI) — Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, praising the victims of the country’s July 22 massacre, said Friday, “We’re going to answer hatred with love.”

Stoltenberg spoke as funerals for the victims began — a week after the attacks.

“Today it is one week since Norway was hit by evil,” he said from a stage at memorial service covered with red roses, symbol of his Labor Party, the BBC reported.

“We are not going to be shocked and intimidated into silence,” he pledged. “The bravery that these young people have shown is catching. We’re going to answer hatred with love. We’re going to honor our heroes forever.”

Stoltenberg was to visit a mosque later in a show of solidarity.

The first victims to be buried are Bano Rashid, 18, and Ismail Haji Ahmed, 19, Norwegian TV reported.

Admitted killer Anders Breivik was to be questioned again Friday, police said.

Investigator Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby told the BBC the interrogation would follow up on “information received over the last few days, which is a lot,” and try to determine whether there is “any more danger.”

Oslo traffic records show that Breivik parked a bomb-laden van right outside the prime minister’s office.

The Norwegian capital has one of the world’s most advanced auto surveillance systems for charging congestion tolls, and the engineering publication Teknisk Ukeblad published information on Breivik’s movements Thursday, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Guards saw the admitted terrorist park at the government complex’s front door last Friday but did not stop him because he was in a police uniform. Then the half-ton bomb exploded.

Authorities say they believe Breivik rented a Volkswagen Crafter van to bring the bomb from his farmhouse into Oslo, where eight people were killed, and a Fiat Doblo minivan to leave the scene and drive to Utoya island, where 68 young people were slaughtered.

A roadside sensor recorded the VW van entering the city the night of July 20, two days before the massacre.

Breivik took a train to a village near his farm July 21 and a cab driver recalled taking him home. That night, the Fiat drove into Oslo. The vans were driven into the city center 4 hours apart the next day.

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