Sweden marks Norway terror attacks

Memorial services are being held across Sweden on Sunday to mark the one year anniversary of the twin terror attacks in Oslo and on Utøya island which left 77 people dead.

Sweden marks Norway terror attacks

In Norway the victims of Anders Behring Breivik’s Oslo bombing and Utøya shootings will be honoured with a series of events.

A wreath was on Sunday morning lain in Oslo and at 11am services will be held in Oslo cathedral and in Hole church, near Utøya. Further memorial services will be held on Utøya later in the day.

A memorial concert is scheduled for this evening on Rådhusplassen in central Oslo.

Memorial services will also be held in Stockholm and Gothenburg and a three minute silence will be observed on Sergels Torg in central Stockholm at 3.25pm. The time marks exactly one year after the bomb exploded in Oslo’s government district.

Furthermore the Eskil Pedersen, the chair of The Workers’ Youth League – the youth wing of Norway’s Labour party which was targeted in the shootings, will be the host for Sveriges Radio’s popular “Summer” radio programme at 1pm.

Sweden’s prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has in a letter to Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, his and the Swedish government’s sympathy for the anniversary.

“It is as incomprehensible today as it was then,” he wrote.

“Our thoughts are with all the life that was extinguished all too soon, for the survivors and the terrible memories that follow them every day and to the families who were left in grief and loss.”

Reinfledt concludes by saying that Norway’s open and tolerant way of dealing with disaster “has strengthened everyone’s belief in the democratic values ​​of society”.

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Swedish royals in ‘Breivik group’ bomb threat

Police in Sweden are on high alert after a letter in English was sent to a regional Swedish paper warning about "four big bombs" that would be detonated on Thursday night at the royal family's residence in central Sweden.

Swedish royals in 'Breivik group' bomb threat

The letter was sent to the Nya-Wermlands Tidningen newspaper, written in caps in poor English. It was signed by the "Anders Behring Breivik Sympati Group North Europa". Excepts below are copied verbatim.

"We will detonation a large bomb outside the residense of Karlstad. We inn our group have big sympaty four our leader Anders Beiring Breivik from Norway who gave ous big hope for the feuture," the letter read.

"We coming with 3 big bombs 1.5 tonne fertiliser… we give this informationn because the swedish polise is not so effectiv."

The group also claimed responsibility for the murder of Sweden's then-Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986.

"A dead kind and queen is a good king and queen," the letter continued. "Also, homesexual and lesbian people will be our target inn the feature."

Swedish police are taking the threat seriously, however, and have cordoned off a large area around the Karlstad residence, where Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia are set to arrive on late Thursday afternoon.

"We have taken in bomb dogs, forensic teams are on the way, and we have investigators looking into it. We are treating this as a real bomb threat against the king's visit," Rolf Sandberg of the Värmland police told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The police added that they see no threat to the public, and the royal visit has been scheduled to continue as planned.

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