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Breivik trial Day 20: Girl tells of playing dead to survive Utøya massacre. Oslo District Court heard testimony from Ingvild Leren Stensrud (17) from Kragerø, eastern Norway, today on day 20 of Anders Behring Breivik’s trial. She joined a group of other young people running towards the café building when she first heard shots. They tried to barricade themselves into the building's small hall, but Breivik entered and began shooting. Then she heard Breivik reloading his weapon. “I was then hit by a stray bullet to the shoulder. I never saw what happened, but saw a black figure holding a weapon as I was falling,” she told those in courtroom 250.

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Breivik trial Day 20: Girl tells of playing dead to survive Utøya massacre

Published on Wednesday, 16th May, 2012 at 12:54 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.

Oslo District Court heard testimony from Ingvild Leren Stensrud (17) from Kragerø, eastern Norway, today on day 20 of Anders Behring Breivik’s trial.

Courtroom 250, Oslo District Court
Courtroom 250, Oslo District Court
Photo: ©2012 Michael Sandelson/The Foreigner


She joined a group of other young people running towards the café building when she first heard shots. They tried to barricade themselves into the building's small hall, but Breivik entered and began shooting. Then she heard Breivik reloading his weapon.

“I was then hit by a stray bullet to the shoulder. I never saw what happened, but saw a black figure holding a weapon as I was falling,” she told those in courtroom 250.

Stensrud played dead until the shooting stopped. Hit in the shoulder and thigh, she had only survived because she lay in a pile of corpses, covered by the dead body of a friend.

She corroborated Tonje Brenna's earlier testimony that Breivik was motivating himself by shouting what sounded like battle cries.

After Breivik had left the room, she ascertained that there was another survivor next to her. “We talked a little, and decided to stay lying quietly and just wait for the police,” she explained.

Stensrud found a telephone belonging to a girl killed by Breivik's bullets. She tried to ring her mother, but was scared of being overheard. “I say, 'I've been shot; I love you,’ but they can't make out what I'm saying. So in the end I hang up.”

They heard the police arrive after a while. Three survivors were in the little hall of the café building.

“It takes a while before they hear us, as they have to secure the area. We then see a red laser beam. They come into the room after a while and look around but don't pay us much attention to begin with.”

Three other survivors are giving testimony today, after which Oslo District Court will reconvene on 21st May to hear five more.



Published on Wednesday, 16th May, 2012 at 12:54 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, breiviktrialoslo, oslodistrictcourt, utoeyashootings, utoya.





  
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