Johannesburg: 18 July 2012 – Seconds from Disaster reveals how one lone wolf terrorist creates bomb carnage in Oslo, killing eight, before moving on to kill 69 youths in a 3-hour rampage on the island of Utøya, Norway.
On July 22, 2011, lone gunman Anders Behring Breivik emerges from a western Norwegian suburb to commit one of the worst terrorist atrocities in Europe since World War II.
The massacre started with an explosion in Oslo and finished with the slaughter of dozens of teenagers at a youth camp on the isolated island of Utøya. His rampage lasted for 3 hours before police finally caught up with him. The final death toll was a staggering 77.
This sad day left the world in shock and alarmed by the scale of the atrocity. Dubbed the work of a far-right militant, it exposed what the developed world termed the possibility that a new paramilitary threat is emerging, a decade after al Qaeda’s September 11 attacks.
Many western European countries were left worried about what they labeled this rising far-right sentiment, fuelled by a toxic mix of anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry coupled with increasing economic hardship.
Through detailed analysis of the Norwegian massacre, National Geographic’s Seconds from Disaster investigates the true nature of this threat, this Sunday, 22 July at 21:00 0n DStv channel 260
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