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Norway Commemorates Victims Of Attacks

OSLO, Norway, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Survivors and families of victims killed in a shooting and bombing in Norway attended a national day of commemoration Sunday, officials said.

The event commemorated the 77 victims killed in a bomb attack in Oslo and a shooting rampage on the nearby Utoeya Island nearly a month ago, euronews.net reported.

Two days of commemoration is set to be concluded Sunday in Oslo with a concert attended by survivors, their families, the royal family and Scandinavian heads of government.

Meanwhile, Anders Breivik, the suspect in both attacks, was ordered held in isolation for four additional weeks. Investigators said he is being held in isolation out of fear he might somehow tamper with evidence and hurt the police investigation.

Most of the dead were killed in the shooting rampage on the island and those that survived escaped by hiding in rocks near the island or jumping into the water, CNN said.

One island survivor, Adrian Pracon, first tried to swim away, but he soon realized he wouldn’t make it to land. He returned to the island, where Breivik allegedly aimed a gun at him.

Pracon said Breivik didn’t fire at him at that moment, but later returned to where he was hiding, allegedly shooting him in the shoulder.

“I have to be honest, I do feel good,” Pracon said Sunday. “I feel now that we are one step closer to taking this island back and to be honest, in my eyes, we have taken the island back today.”

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