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Death toll in Norway reduced to 76

Police have reduced the death toll for the island of Utoya, saying that a confusing situation had led to an incorrect figure being released.

Norwegian flags, flowers and candles are seen at the ground as people gather to pay tribute to victims of the twin attacks near the Domkirke church on Friday, in central Oslo, Norway, Saturday, July 23, 2011.
Norwegian flags, flowers and candles are seen at the ground as people gather to pay tribute to victims of the twin attacks near the Domkirke church on Friday, in central Oslo, Norway, Saturday, July 23, 2011.
Image: Emilio Morenatti/AP/Press Association Images

THE DEATH TOLL in the youth camp massacre on Norway’s Utoya island has been reduced from 86 t0 68 people.

Police spokesman Oystein Maeland is quoted by Forbes as saying that the higher figure was a mistake, which had resulted from confusion that ensued as rescue teams tried to help survivors and secure the area.

The death toll from the blast in the capital Oslo has been increased from seven to eight, putting the total number of confirmed victims at 76.

Meanwhile, Norwegian police are investigating claims that the man accused of carrying out the attacks, Anders Behring Breivik, was associated with two “cells” ahead of the attacks.

Surgeons have also confirmed that special bullets were used on Utoya, with the intention of causing maximum internal damage. Dr Colin Poole, head of surgery at Ringriket Hospital in Norway, said that ‘dum-dum’-style bullets designed to disintegrate inside the body have caused “all kinds of extra problems in dealing with the wounds they cause”.

Read: Norway gun and bomb attack accused denied public court hearing >

Read: Is this man one of the luckiest people in Norway? >

Read TheJournal.ie’s full coverage of the Norway attacks >

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