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Oslo engulfed by shock after twin violent attacks

Phillip Williams reported this story on Saturday, July 23, 2011 08:09:00

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Our correspondent Phil Williams is in Oslo this morning. Phil I know you haven't
been there for very long, but what is the feeling like on the ground?

PHIL WILLIAMS: Well from the people to, utter shock. People just can't believe that it has happened
in their country. A country so unused to any trouble of any sort, let alone this mass slaughter and
a slaughter so obviously well planned.

And the question is now, was it the work of one lone person, was that person deranged, were they
politically motivated, religiously motivated? We don't know. Was it part of a bigger plot involving
a number of people?

Whatever it is it was quite obviously very well planned and quite sophisticated in its operation
because to build a bomb of that size to detonate it probably remotely or by some mechanism, you
need to some expertise for that and of course the subsequent attack on the island, just a horrific
moment for this country, which I say is in total shock at the moment.

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Certainly when you listen to what the Norwegian prime minister had to say you
get the impression that he is of the view that it was certainly an attack on Norwegian democracy
and to that extent, it was politically, of not religiously motivated.

PHIL WILLIAMS: Yes, that's certainly the impression that you get, but it's simply too early to say.
I mean it does appear by the connection that by the political connection to him and to his office,
and also to the fact that it was a Labour youth camp.

Now this was a camp with 600 or 700 young people between the ages of about 14 and 18, it happens
every year and the camps are addressed by senior party officials every day for that week. The prime
minister, the deputy prime minister, are regular visitors of that camp every year. So it's a well
known event.

So it's something that somebody with that intent could plan on, in fact could plan for a year out
because it always happens. So the scale of this, and the sense of the evil that has visited this
place is palpable and at the moment people are just nervously wondering, is this the end of it? Was
it just this lone man, if so, ok that could be it, but he may have left behind other bombs, other
timing devices, we simply don't know. People are very, very nervous at the moment.

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Is it your understanding Phil that at this point at least police have only made
one arrest?

PHIL WILLIAMS: Yes, that's my understanding. The 32-year-old man, I believe he is a Norwegian
national that's all we know. We had a description of him as being about six-foot tall, blonde, in a
police uniform.

Now we've also had reports that a person fitting that description was seen looking suspicious
around the government building before the bombs blew up. So that would be consistent with that
individual if they set off the bombs and then made their way to the island. But we simply don't
know at this stage. It's basically at this point, all the options are on the table.

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Phillip Williams, thank you. That's our correspondent Phil Williams joining us
from Oslo.