Memorial Service For Utoya Island Shootings & Oslo Bomb Victims

Thurles natives currently visiting Oslo in Norway sent us these pictures from outside of Oslo Cathedral early this morning. Up to 98 people are now feared dead and 97 wounded, following the shooting spree and bomb attack, admitted by 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik.

Floral Tributes outside Oslo Cathedral

One of many memorial service held across Norway took place at Oslo Cathedral this morning, as the nation mourned their dead, while bracing itself for the possibility that the number of victims may rise even further in the coming hours. Police searched bags as people entered for the religious service.

People stream to the Cathedral to express their sympathy

King Harald V of Norway, his wife Queen Sonja and the Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, who wept openly at the memorial service, all met with grieving relatives of the young innocent victims gunned down, in the worst atrocity since World War II.

Thurles visitors report, “Everybody in Oslo is simply unable to understand, it’s very unreal, they’re shocked, the whole experience is just unbelievable. Buildings across Oslo display their countries flag at half-mast, and people of all nationalities are streaming to Oslo Cathedral to light candles and lay fresh flowers.”

Soon this nation will be given the names and images of all those who died, and the size and scale of this wickedness will only then become fully apparent.

From Tipperary we offer the Oslo and Norwegian people our sincere sympathy.


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