Breivik drops his guns and surrenders, having exceeded his wildest murderous expectations in Norway, when the police arrive at the horrendous crime scene. The worst killing Norway witnesses after WW-2.
Surprisingly, the killer Anders Brevik, was on a rampage for over 90 minutes and the police arrives only after the killer is fully satisfied for his achievement of the lifetime.
“Children were being slaughtered for an hour and a half and the police should have stopped it much sooner,” said Mads Andenas, a law professor at the University of Oslo whose niece was on the island and survived by hiding in the bushes. One of his students was killed. Delta Force police officers made the 25-mile journey by car — they have no helicopter — then had to be rescued by a civilian craft when their boat broke down as it tried to navigate a one-minute hop to the island.
It took police more than 90 minutes to reach the gunman, who by then had mortally wounded 68 people.
Norway must take a really hard look at a response system apparently premised on the assumption that the country didn’t face a credible risk of terrorist attack, much less a back-to-back bombing and gun rampage. If there is a terrorist attack in Norway on a larger scale, then Norway’s defense forces will have really tough time stopping such attacks in future. It’s high time that the security and special forces inside Norway stop offering excuses like the politicians and start building up the intelligence system in a proactive manner. This is an astonishing failure in police intelligence,a competent anti-terrorist agency would have identified Breivik before he struck because of his purchases of bomb-making ingredients and specialist weaponry. Norway is behind other Western European countries in adapting internal security structures and procedures to face terrorist challenges. But there was also an amazing failure in police preparedness and reaction, both in terms of human resources and technical capabilities.
Understanding the fact that Norway a peaceful nation is not preparing in dealing with such acts, but what are the special forces or Police forces made of, it’s for this one time that they were trained and need to act. The Anti-Terror units are trained to act when caught off guard.
In Norway’s case, the Delta Force squad — whose Norwegian name, “Beredskapstroppen,” means “emergency unit” — is equipped only to travel to crises on Norway’s largely two-lane road network. It took about a half-hour to cover the roughly 25-mile (40-kilometer) journey.
Authorities say that within five minutes after the police reached the island, Breivik was disarmed and in custody.
In a 1,500-page manifesto published online before the attack, the killer said he planned to surrender as soon as police arrived, so that he could publicize his extreme nationalist and anti-Muslim views in court and inspire copycat attacks elsewhere.
Andenas, the law professor, said he would have expected Norway’s special forces to have trained to reach a popular retreat like Utoya within 15 minutes.
“Many people feel this was a very difficult situation, that one should take account of that and not be too critical of people who certainly tried to do their best,” Andenas said.
“But it was just not good enough. The police action was too little and too slow,” he said. “The cold truth is that many children who died out there should not have died.”