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10 years after the Utøya attack – “It was very difficult not to shoot him”

On this Thursday 10 years ago, on July 22, 2011, the Norwegian right-wing terrorist Anders Breivik (then 32) killed a total of 77 people before the Delta special unit stopped him on the island of Utøya.

BILD drove to Utøya again with Anders Snortheimsmoen (63), the head of the Delta unit at the time. There he reports on the operation – and the moment that decided the life and death of the assassin.

Snortheimsmoen: “There were 22 men who arrived on the island, armed with pistols, submachine guns and sniper rifles. We assumed three to five assassins. “

6:25 p.m .: Breivik has shot dozens of people, mostly young people. Shots are still constantly being fired on the island. The special unit follows the gunfire – and comes across corpses everywhere.

Delta boss Snortheimsmoen: “The immense number of deaths was hard to believe. My men later told me that because they found more and more victims on the island, they just hoped it would stop. Many of the young people tried to hide behind a small pumping station. But there they had no chance of running away. When Breivik came here, he shot everyone. “

6:33 p.m .: The elite police arrive at the island school. They place Breivik in a small forest behind. He holds the rifle at the ready.

Snortheimsmoen: “He had his finger on the trigger. My team yelled at him, ordered him to stop immediately, raise their arms, and give up. Then he made a movement to the right and put his rifle on the tree. “

Breivik walks slowly towards the police officers, keeping his hands down.

Snortheimsmoen: “We thought he was wearing an explosives vest. Our man at the top had Breivik in his sights. He had determined a certain line for himself beforehand. If Breivik had exceeded that, he would have shot him in the head. But then Breivik stopped and lay down on the floor. He was only one step away from being killed. “

The Delta commander ponders for a moment, then says: “It was very difficult not to shoot him. But he had surrendered. “

The cables hanging out of Breivik’s vest belong to his headphones. Elite policeman Snortheimsmoen: “He must have been listening to music while he was killing.”

When the Delta unit arrests him, the mass murderer Anders Breivik shows only one reaction: He complains about a tiny injury on a finger.

He doesn’t care about the dead.

It happened on the day of the murder

On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik (then 32) emailed his confused, right-wing radical manifesto to exactly 1002 recipients at 12.24 p.m.

It is called “2083 – A European Declaration of Independence”.

3:17 p.m .: Breivik parks his VW van in front of the government building in Norway’s capital, Oslo. Inside is a self-made 950-kilo bomb.

3:27 p.m .: The explosive device explodes, devastating the government district. Eight people die. The assassin flees.

4:55 p.m .: Breivik arrives at the ferry that goes to Utøya. He wears a police uniform and is armed with an assault rifle and a Glock pistol. He claims to want to protect the youth on the island.

5:17 p.m .: Breivik arrives at Utøya.

5:21 p.m .: Breivik first shoots Monica Bosei (45), who organizes holiday camps on the island. His murder procession begins. He mainly kills young people from a summer camp run by a socialist youth organization whom he regards as enemies of the people.

6:25 p.m .: The first Delta units land on the island.

6:35 p.m .: Breivik is overwhelmed by the elite police officers.

6.45 p.m .: The first rescue workers arrive. The police found 67 bodies and two people died in the hospital.

Norwegian elite unit

The official name of the special unit is “Beredskapstroppen”.

It consists of 100 men, was founded in 1976 and specializes in anti-terrorism operations and hostage rescue.

The Delta police officers train together with the German GSG 9, among others.

They are equipped with MP 5 submachine guns, nine-millimeter pistols from Heckler & Koch and “Sniper Rifle 2×308” rifles from Sig Sauer. Anders Snortheimsmoen was head of the Delta unit from 2003 to 2014.

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