“I still don’t know if anyone I know is among the dead”
- Norwegian woman living in Donegal

Catriona Dobson was born and raised in Olso. She moved to Letterkenny twenty years ago after marrrying her husband, Peter Dobson.

Catriona Dobson was born and raised in Olso. She moved to Letterkenny twenty years ago after marrrying her husband, Peter Dobson.

Yesterday, she told the People’s Press/Democrat of her shock and revulsion at the “horrendous acts” that were carried out in Norway at the weekend by Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 93 people in a shooting spree on a remote island and a car bomb attack in Oslo.

The killer posted a 1,500 page manifesto to friends just hours before carrying out his attacks. In the document, he vented his hatred of Muslims, his opposition to immigration and named thousands of “traitors” who he said deserved to die. His lawyer said Breivik believed the killings on Friday “were atrocious, but in his head they were necessary”.

Police believe he targeted a conference in Oslo with a car bomb on Friday because the Prime Minister was due to speak there. He then opened fire on young members of the Labour party, who were at a camp on a nearby island, because he believed they represented the future of a government he loathed.

Yesterday, Catriona said the attack was a complete shock to the people of Norway.

“His acts were horrendous. It’s a very peaceful country and you don’t expect anything like that. It’s left everyone in a state of shock.”

She believes the people of Norway and the world must unite to prevent the killer from achieving his goals.

“He’s done this for one reason. He doesn’t approve of the way the country is being run. But what he has done has actually united the country against him - against his actions, his ideas and everything he thinks he stands for.

“He’s also doing this for the notoriety and I think the best thing that could happen would be for everyone to ignore him.”

Catriona said it “meant a lot” to her that the people of Scandanavia observed a minute’s silence at 12 noon yesterday for all the victims. A number of candlelit processions were also due to take place yesterday evening in a number of cities across Norway, Scandanavia and Europe.

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