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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 07/27/2011

Norway victims’ names released; survivors tell harrowing tales


A security fence is covered with flowers placed near the government headquarters, the site of the July 22 bombing in Oslo. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
Police have released the names of four of the 76 victims of Norway’s dual terrorist attacks, with more expected to come Wednesday.

There’s 23-year-old Gunnar Linaker, who told his father, “Dad, dad, someone is shooting,” as the attack on Utoya began, the Associated Press reported. And three victims of the bombing in Oslo were named: Tove Aashill Knutsen, 56; Hanna M. Orvik Endresen, 61; and Kai Hauge, 33.

Among the missing and presumed dead is Ismail Haji Ahmed, a 19-year-old dancer who appeared on the show “Norway’s Got Talent.” The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet reported that Ahmed’s death is confirmed.

Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old Norwegian, has admitted to the killings, saying he is waging a Christian crusade against multiculturalism in Europe,.

And then there are the survivors who saw the shootings at an island summer camp and feared they, too, would be killed.

They all have similar terrifying tales: A man dressed in a police uniform opened fire on the youths gathered together at the political camp.

Julie Bremnes, 16, texted her mother, Marianne, during the attack. The conversation has been published by the BBC. Julie begs her mother to send the police, writing, “People are dying.” During the exchange, which lasted about an hour and a half, Marianne tries to comfort her daughter, who is sending messages that she’s still alive.

“I love you even if I still misbehave from time to time,” Julie texted.

Marianne replied: “I know that my darling. We love you too very much.”

Kristoffer Nyborg, 24, told ABC News.that the shooting “wasn’t like the movies where you see blood. There was no blood. They just fell, lifeless.” He said other children caught on the island jumped in the water to try to swim away. The kids who were too afraid to swim were shot at close range, he said.

Another survivor, Adrian Pracon, told the BBC that he played dead after being shot in the shoulder. “He was calm and collected,” Nyborg said of the gunman. “He was not in a hurry to press the trigger quickly. If people ran, well, he knew he would catch them.”

Ali Esbati, who was at the camp for a workshop, said a young female shooting victim kept saying, “If I die here, please remember that you're all fantastic, and keep up your struggle.” He’s not sure if she made it, he told Democracy Now.

Listen to Adrian Pracon tell his story on CNN and Kristoffer Nyborg describe the terror on ABC below.

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