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Attack on Utøya: Viljar Hanssen from Longyearbyen bears witness in Oslo

Five young persons from Longyearbyen were directly struck by the attacks on Utøya and Oslo, where 77 people where killed by the extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who is often called ABB in Norway to avoid speaking out his full name. Amongst the five from Longyearbyen was Johannes Buø, who lost his life at the age of fourteen. Viljar Hanssen (18) was hit by five bullets and severely injured.

On Tuesday, June 22, Viljar Hanssen made his statement as a witness at the court in Oslo. According to members of the audience and himself, he was partly even able to make his statement with some humour. Later he said that his statement was an important and very helpful step for him to get over the events. He also said that the presence of ABB made little impression on him.

As everywhere in Norway, the attacks were received as a public shock in Longyearbyen and those involved were met with great empathy.

Utøya: a nice little holiday island until July 22 of last year, when it became the site of Norway’s most terrible violent felony in post-war history. (Foto: Wikimedia Commons).

Viljar Hanssen from Longyearbyen bears witness in Oslo: Utøya

Source: Svalbardposten (20/2012)

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