Norway police lower youth camp death toll to 68
2011 07 26

By Louise Nordstrom | YahooNews.com


Norwegian police said Monday that the double-counting of bodies in the chaotic aftermath of a shooting spree may have contributed to a dramatic overestimate of the number of people slain, but they offered few other details about the error.

The sharp reduction in the death toll, from 86 to 68, added to a list of police misteps. Officers took 90 minutes to arrive after the first shot was fired at youth gathering for a political party retreat on an island resort. People who called emergency services from the island have reported being told by operators to stay off the lines unless they were calling about an earlier bombing in the capital carried out by the same attacker.

Police also raised the number of dead in Friday’s bomb blast in the capital’s government quarter to eight, from seven. The total number of people confirmed killed in the twin attacks is now 76, down from 93.
There was no indication that any specific person was erroneously reported to have died.

Police blamed the mix-up on the chaotic situation that erupted on Utoya island when police and rescue workers tried to sort the injured from the dead under mounting pressure to reveal that the number of slain youths was much higher than originally reported.

"It could be that some were counted twice," police spokesman Oystein Maeland told reporters at a news conference in Oslo, explaining that bodies were spread all over the island and some of the dead hidden under other bodies. "But it was necessary to get that information out there (fast) because it was sky-high compared with the number that media had been given."

A 32-year-old Norwegian, Anders Behring Breivik, is a suspect in both the Oslo blast and the camp shooting. He was seized on the island in a lake northwest of Oslo and is in custody.

Police initially set the death toll from the shooting at 10.

But as survivors left the island, people began saying online and to news media that the total number of fatalities was much higher. Early Saturday morning, police released a statement saying some 80 people had likely been killed.

"The situation was almost impossible to assess," Maeland said. "We saw that people that had survived started posting on the Internet how many dead bodies they had seen and it was important for us to go public with this. Afterward we realize it was necessary to make a downgrade."

Still, as rescue workers continue to comb the area and search the waters around the island, the tally of victims could grow, police said.


Article from: news.yahoo.com
Image: Getty



Related Articles


Latest News from our Front Page

Horrifying accidents at infectious disease labs hidden from the public, ‘cloaked in secrecy’
2014 08 26
Literally hundreds of incidents involving viruses, bacteria and toxins that pose major bioterror risks to both people and agriculture have been reported to federal regulators from 2008 through 2012, according to government reports obtained and reviewed by USA Today. More than half of the over 1,100 incidents were serious enough that laboratory workers had to have medical evaluations and/or treatment, the ...
Those Who Know They’re Dreaming Are Savvier When Awake
2014 08 26
It’s probably fair to assume that at this moment, you are, in fact, awake. You’re reading; you’re scrolling; sometime in the not-too-distant past, you somehow made your way to The Atlantic’s website. All waking activities. But let’s say, hypothetically, that as you’re reading this, the floor and everything else beneath you dissolve, leaving your body floating where your chair had been ...
Kiev’s bloody eastern Ukraine campaign
2014 08 26
Russia delivered humanitarian aid to the besieged city of Lugansk as fighting between the Ukrainian army and self-defense forces continues in eastern Ukraine. The conflict has claimed the lives of at least 2,000 people and displaced over 300,000. VIDEO: Ukraine: Russian aid handed out in Lugansk Tuesday, August 26 15:25 GMT: The latest UN figures show that the number of killed and wounded ...
History Repeats: Dead Blondes on a Mountain Top
2014 08 26
The blonds of Iraq; hunted like dogs to the top of a mountain. The shocking headline from the August 14 London Daily Mail declared: ’ISIS want to impregnate Yazidi women and smash our blond bloodline’: Fears grow for the 300 women kidnapped from Sinjar’ The Yazidi minority of Iraq is of Aryan descent (like most Europeans) and has retained much of its ...
Naturally High Fluoride Levels in Private Wells May Be Linked With IQ Decline
2014 08 26
Certain kinds of granite contain high levels of fluoride, increasing the concentration in private wells drawing it from the water. Newly available data, released in recent months, indicates dangerously high levels of fluoride in private wells. In some cases, the wells contain more than double the level that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed the acceptable maximum exposure level ...
More News »