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In photos: Norway mourns victims of twin terror attacks

“We are crying with you,” Prime Minister Stoltenberg tells the crowds gathered at Oslo Cathedral today.

People embrace at the end of today's memorial service at Oslo Cathedral.
People embrace at the end of today's memorial service at Oslo Cathedral.
Image: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

SPECIAL SERVICES were held in Norway today to commemorate the victims of the Oslo bomb attack and a mass shooting on the island of Utoya on Friday.

Officials confirmed today that the death toll had risen to 77*, after one of those injured in the shooting died from their injuries in hospital.

Families of the victims of the two attacks were joined at a service in Oslo Cathedral by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and members of Norway’s royal family, who broke down in tears during the ceremony.

Addressing those gathered for the commemoration, Stoltenberg said:

We are crying with you.
Every single one of those we have lost is a tragedy in itself. Together, it is a national tragedy.

In photos: Norway mourns victims of twin terror attacks
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    Flowers are seen on the shore opposite to the Island Utoya, Norway, today as the search continues in for victims of Friday's shooting. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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    Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, centre, pays tribute to victims of the twin attacks before a memorial service at Oslo Cathedral, Sunday, 24 July, 2011. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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    A woman embraces Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, left, at the end of today's memorial service at Oslo Cathedral in the aftermath of the attacks on Norway's government headquarters and a youth retreat. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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    People lay floral tributes at the end of a memorial service outside at Oslo Cathedral. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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    People affected by the recent tragedy mourn during a memorial service in Norderhov, Norway, today. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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    Relatives mourn after today's memorial service in Norderhov, Norway. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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    Mourning roses cast by sympathisers float in the lake near the island of Utoya, Norway, today. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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    A young boy throws a rose into the lake opposite to the island of Utoya, Norway, Sunday, 24 July, 2011.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Police are still questioning a 32-year-old Norwegian man, identified as Anders Behring Breivik, in connection with the attacks. He has been charged with terrorism offences and is due in court tomorrow.

His lawyer said this morning that Breivik has admitted responsibility for the Oslo city centre bombing and the gun attack on Utoya island, but claims he did not break the law. He said that he had believed the attacks were necessary in order to change Norwegian society.

The search for further victims continues. Authorities fear some of the teenagers fleeing the gunman may have drowned in the water surrounding Utoya as they tried to swim to safety.

*Note: Since this article was originally published, the death toll has been revised down to 77.

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