Two years on, Utoya still sends chill into Norwegian summer

Two years ago, on the 22nd of July, Otto Lovik heard gunshots coming from a small island nearby. He ran to the boat dock.

“When we arrived there were already two girls swimming away from the island to here. And they said there was a shooting going on on Utoya. They said people had been killed so we jumped into our boats. And we started to pick people up, put them into the boats, people who were drowning or people who had been hit.”

Otto and several others managed to save over 250 young Norwegians who were on the island of Utoya attending a summer camp for the Youth Labour Party.

Utoya had turned into a bloodbath when a lone gunman went on a shooting and killing spree.

It would leave 69 people dead on Utoya and another eight dead from a bomb explosion in Oslo.

“I remember when we first went out to the island and back and in my boat I thought, those damn Talibans, those damn Islamists. I was sure that it was terror – Islam,” sighs Otto.

But he, like many other Norwegians, would be proven wrong.

When it was discovered that the lone killer was a right-wing extremist named Anders Behring Breivik, the Nordic country of just five million went into shock.

Breivik justified killing his young victims because they belonged to the youth division of the ruling Norwegian Labour Party.


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