British authorities have offered to help Norway search for bodies following last week’s twin massacres in Oslo and on Utøya.
UK Home Secretary Theresa May has been in contact with Norwegian Minister of Justice Knut Storberget offering assistance in the ongoing investigations.
The confirmed death toll rose by one this afternoon and Norwegian police are still looking for missing people in both places.
“The Norwegians are old friends and allies and neighbours of Britain, and I know that everyone in Britain will want to stand with the Norwegian people in the days of sorrow that lie ahead,” said May.
“I made clear to Minister Storberget that we will help in any way we can. In particular I offered police assistance, which we stand ready to provide, should Norway request it.”
Police logs now confirm it took them one hour from being warned until they reached the island. Survivors and eyewitnesses are still in deep shock over all that has happened, recounting their experiences at the hands of Anders Behring Breivik.
One youth leader Lisa Marie Husby, 19, told the BBC that she managed to get herself and some survivors to safety, hiding in a cabin. Some decided not to follow, but suffered the consequences. She and others ran from one side of the island to the other for safety for two-and-a-half hours. Some started swam away from the island until the police arrived an hour after they were called into action.
“Everybody that I took with me was safe. But three of them changed their minds on their way and ran back to the main building and they're missing now. I haven't seen them and I haven't heard from them,” she told a BBC journalist, also saying she texted her mother and boyfriend during the ordeal reassuring them she was ok and urging them to call the police.
Deputy Leader of Oslo’s Labour Youth Party (AUF), Prableen Kaur, told NRK, “I called Mum and said that we may never meet again, but that I would do everything I could to survive. I said several times that I loved her. I heard fear in her voice. She cried. It hurt.”
She played dead for an hour amongst two corpses to escape the killer.
“But I didn't move and that's what saved my life. I am now in hospital. It's not the physical pain that's the worst, it's thinking about how many of friends have died.”
Another person described Breivik, who was dressed in police uniform, as looking like a Nazi.
“The gunman was very sure, calm and controlled. He looked like he knew what he was doing. He screamed at us that we would all die,” said Adrian Pracon.
Describing what happened when Breivik came back about an hour later, Mr Pracon continued, “People were falling on top of me, on my legs and falling into the water - that's when many people died. I just had to shield myself behind them, praying he wouldn't see me. In the middle of the shooting, I got a bullet in my back. Then he came closer, I could feel his breath, I could feel his boots, I could feel the warmth of the barrel.”
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