Fears that the death toll will rise further
Published 23.07.11 – 3:07, edited 23.07.11 – 4:07 (AP)
(AP) Police with the shock message last night: At least 80 people are killed on Utøya.
At a news conference Friday night police said the shocking number of casualties.
– What we can say now is that there are at least 80 killed in Utøya. The reason it has taken some time before we have gone out with this, because it has taken a long time to scan the area, said police director Oystein Maeland at a press conference at 3:40 on Friday night.
The police say they fear that the number of casualties will continue to rise.
Police said the most important thing for them now is that all the relatives’ needs are met.
– The event is truly exceptional. It is important to us that the next of kin in this phase are taken care of, says Maeland.
Witnesses at the site has given a surreal drama in which at least one person dressed as a policeman mercilessly began to fire at the youngsters at summer camp.
In a panic, tried several of the victims to escape to the sea, but the man should have continued shooting.
There is now an intense exploration campaign by people who escaped the drama and who are still missing around Utøya. Several people fled in panic into the sea when the man opened fire on AUF’s summer camp.
40 dog handlers from the Norwegian Rescue Dogs looking now on land and along the waterfront for survivors.
– We are looking for people who are still missing. Now we hope only those still alive, says operations manager in the Norwegian Rescue Dogs in Buskerud, Vivian Karlsen.
She said that the circumstances of the search could not be more unreal.
– Everyone is obviously strongly influenced over what has happened, but we have to stay focused and do our job, says Karlsen.
She would not comment about the dog patrols have made some discoveries in the evening hours.
Police still run the search at the site in cooperation with the military and volunteer rescuers from the Red Cross, Norwegian People’s Aid and the Norwegian Rescue Dogs. It sought both on the island and the water around.
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