Police Name Norway Terror Victims

World | July 26, 2011, Tuesday // 22:03|  views

Victim: Gunnar Linaker, 23, died on the island where Breivik went on a shooting spree.

Norway's police have published the names of four of the 76 victims of Friday's mass killings in Norway carried out by Anders Behring Breivik, BBC reported.

They include three people killed in the Oslo car bomb and a 23-year-old man who died on a nearby island where Breivik went on a shooting spree.

Meanwhile, the police have defended their handling of the attacks.

It was an hour-and-a-half before an armed unit reached Utoeya island after the shooting began.

"I don't think we think we could have done this faster," Police Chief of Staff Johan Fredriksen told journalists in Oslo.

The bomb in Oslo targeted buildings connected to Norway's Labour government, and the youth camp on Utoeya island was run by the party.

The names of the four victims - Gunnar Linaker, 23; Tove Ashill Knutsen, 56; Hanna M Orvik Endresen, 61; and Kai Hauge, 32 - and where they lived were published on the Norwegian police's website.

Gunnar Linaker's father, from Bardu in northern Norway, told the Associated Press news agency that he had been on the phone to his son when the shooting started.

"He said to me: 'Dad, dad, someone is shooting,' and then he hung up," Roald Linaker said.

Besides the names listed by police, it is known that Crown Princess Mette-Marit's stepbrother, Trond Berntsen, an off-duty police officer, was among those killed at the youth camp.

Twenty-one-year-old Tore Eikeland was also named by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at a memorial service on Sunday as one of those who died on Utoeya island.

"He was one of our most talented young politicians," he said.

Police chief Sveinung Sponheim said names would continue to be released at 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT) each day until all the victims had been identified and all relatives informed.

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