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Breivik Taken to Utoya to Confirm Attack Details, Re-enact Events for Trial

August 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM EDT
Investigators took Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted to carrying out attacks last month in Oslo and at a youth political camp on the island of Utoya that killed a total of 69 people and injured many more, back to the island to re-enact events and confirm details for his upcoming trial. Judy Woodruff reports.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: Next: The Scandinavian nation of Norway confronts its trauma.

Just more than three weeks ago, on July 22, Norway was shaken by the worst violence on its soil since World War II. At about 3:30 that afternoon, a car bomb exploded in the heart of the capital, Oslo, killing eight people and wounding dozens more.

A short time later and some 25 miles north, a man opened fire at a youth political camp on the island of Utoya. Sixty-nine people were killed there, most of them teenagers, and at least 60 more were injured. After 90 minutes, police captured the gunman, 32-year old Anders Behring Breivik. He admitted to carrying out both attacks, calling them part of his plan for a cultural revolution. His lawyer has claimed Breivik is most likely insane, and investigators say they believe he acted alone.

This weekend, they took him back to Utoya to re-enact events there and confirm details for his trial. The twin attacks have plunged Norway into mourning, with politicians and the royal family joining in an outpouring of grief.

On Friday, in Washington, Norway’s foreign minister, Jonas Gahr Store, met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who expressed her sympathies.

I spoke with Minister Store a short time later.