Norway Holds First Funerals For Massacre Victims
OSLO, Norway - Norway held the first funerals Friday for victims of the massacre of 76 people a week ago amid signs of a leap in popularity for the ruling Labor Party that was his main target.
Flags around the nation flew at half mast to mark a day of memorial one week after self-confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik, an anti-Islam zealot, set off a bomb in central Oslo that killed 8 people. He then shot 68 people at a summer camp for youths of the ruling Labor Party.
Bano Rashid, aged 18 and who came to Norway in 1996 with her family fleeing Iraq, was being buried at Nesodden church near Oslo in the first funeral.
Rashid was buried to Muslim and Christian prayers as the nation tried to come to terms with the trauma. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere was expected to be among the mourners.
"We have to stand united and carry their dreams forward," Nesodden mayor Christian Holm said of Rashid and another Nesodden youth, Diderik Aamodt Olsen, who died in the attacks on Utoya island that were worst in Norway since World War II.
A memorial service also was held by the Labor Party and its youth wing in Oslo Friday, with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg making an address followed by a moment of silence to remember the victims.
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