August 14, 2012
Norway’s police and intelligence services have been heavily criticised for not averting or at least disrupting the plot by Anders Behring Breivik to bomb Oslo and shoot unarmed teenagers at a youth camp, in the blunt findings of an independent inquest into the mass killings.
The panel’s 500-page report, published on Monday, chronicled what amounts to a litany of errors and blunders at nearly every level of law enforcement in Norway, which was traumatised by the scale and audacity of the attacks. Several top judicial and security officials have resigned over the failure to thwart Breivik.
While much of what was contained in the inquest commission’s report was already known, it revealed Norway’s internal intelligence service, the PST, had been informed by customs officials seven months before the attacks that Breivik had purchased a bomb-making chemical from Poland but the service did not act on that information.